Tax credit for clean vehicles overlooks plug-ins

Tax credit for clean vehicles overlooks plug-ins

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- When it came to providing tax credits for cleaner-running vehicles, Utah's lawmakers apparently overlooked zero-emissions electric cars.

Kanab restaurateur Victor Cooper learned that lesson the hard way.

After claiming an $1,800 tax credit, he found out his tiny electric car -- a plug-in vehicle not much bigger than a golf cart -- didn't qualify for the same kind of credits extended to owners of hybrids and vehicles that run on compressed natural gas.

Lawmakers initially wrote the tax credits to attract a growing number of compressed natural gas vehicles to Utah's roads. The law was updated in 2008 to include owners of hybrid gas-electric cars.

State Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, says he was surprised the learn of the oversight for electric plug-ins. He said he plans to propose a change to close that loophole.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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