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Even without clunker program, car buyers can save with flex fuel tax credit


While the "Cash for Clunkers" program has ended, Kansas motorists can take advantage of a $750 tax credit when they buy a flexible fuel vehicle and use E85 ethanol fuel, Kansas Corn Commission Communications Director Sue Schulte said. The FFV option is available on many models of cars, SUVs and pickups. These vehicles are able to operate on any combination of gasoline and ethanol up to 85 percent ethanol (E85).

"Flex fuel vehicles are just that--flexible," she said. "You can use pure gasoline, or up to 85 percent ethanol whenever you want. It simply gives you more choices at the pump."

The state's E85 tax credit makes buying an FFV an even more attractive option.

"Even without the Cash for Clunkers program, there are a lot of great incentives for new vehicles with low interest rates and good trade-in values. It's easy to see why so many people are looking at buying a new vehicle. The state's E85 tax credit has been around for quite a while and it's important to remind consumers of this excellent incentive as well," Schulte said. "A lot of new vehicles have a flex fuel option at no extra cost that allows you to use higher ethanol blends"

Under the state's FFV tax credit program, the owner of a new FFV has two years in which to use 500 gallons of E85 to qualify for the $750 tax credit.

"With the $750 tax credit and the availability of E85 fuel in cities across the state, why wouldn't you look into it? There is no downside to choosing a vehicle with the flex fuel option--it gives you more control over your fuel choices," Schulte said. "Increasing the number of flex fuel vehicles in Kansas fits well with our goal of adding more blender pumps in Kansas and throughout the nation that can offer higher ethanol blends."

The Kansas Corn Commission has joined several other corn producing states, the Renewable Fuels Association and the American Coalition for Ethanol to add ethanol blender pumps in key locations across the nation.

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