U.S. needs more incentives for buying diesel cars and light trucks

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 24, 2012

The electrified vehicles headlined the press days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit but during the public days, they were transferred to the back and instead, the SUVs and pickups were highlighted. This can be because auto shows are meant to please the public and not the government visitors. A $7,500 federal tax credit is given for most electric cars. Furthermore, incentives are offered by many states.

If those incentives weren’t provided, it’s likely that the electric market, which is already small, would disappear altogether. An additional approach has to be taken by federal and state governments if they want to encourage the use of more fuel-efficient vehicles. Many are calling for a $5,000 tax incentive on diesel-powered passenger vehicles (except commercial heavy-duty trucks).

Diesel passenger vehicles have penetrated Europe in a big way, being both fuel-efficient and popular. To show how serious it is about enhancing the fuel economy of the U.S. fleet, the government has to encourage the purchase of diesels as another alternative to electric vehicles and gasoline vehicles.

It’s expected that sales of diesel-powered vehicles would surge if federal tax incentives are given for them. There aren’t many available choices now but there are many vehicles that will soon come out in the next few years. These plans would surely accelerate and be expanded if a federal tax incentive is attached to those plans. [source: Autonews]

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