Daimler Paves the Way for Diesel
US Internal Revenue Service Grants
Tax Credits for BlueTEC
WASHINGTON - Right in time for
Mercedes-Benz's rollout of BlueTEC diesel vehicles in October,
the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has granted Daimler the
Qualified Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit, which qualifies the
ML 320 BlueTEC, R 320 BlueTEC, and GL 320 BlueTEC buyers up to
$1,800 in tax credits.
The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) certified to the IRS that the Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC
vehicles meet the strict emission requirements, a status thus
far only granted to hybrid-electric vehicles. The Mercedes-Benz
BlueTEC clean diesel vehicles are the first diesel vehicles to
be granted the tax credit demonstrating both high fuel
efficiency and low emissions. "Diesel passenger vehicles are one
important piece of the future technology puzzle," said Margo Oge,
Director of EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality.
"Clean diesel is a viable, efficient technology to help improve
our air quality and energy security."
The IRS has determined that
purchasers of the ML 320 BlueTEC may qualify for a $900 tax
credit, purchasers of the R 320 BlueTEC may qualify for a $1,550
tax credit, and purchasers of the GL 320 BlueTEC may qualify for
a $1,800 tax credit depending on their individual tax status.
The vehicles, which are the first diesel passenger vehicles to
meet all 50 state emissions requirements and get up to 600 miles
to the tank, go on sale October 1.
(Sep 17, 2008)