Governor Rod Blagojevich wants to give us 500 dollars if we buy a fuel efficient vehicle. He says this would reduce our dependence on foreign oil, save money on gas, and make the air we breathe a little cleaner.
Environmentalists agree. The director of the Illinois environmental protection agency, Doug Scott promoted this tax credit in Rockford today. He says vehicle omissions are a leading source of air pollution.
Cars that run on E85 omit far fewer harmful gases than regular cars. That's because E85 is mostly made up of ethanol, a corn based product. Hybrid cars get better gas mileage, and they're also better for the environment.
The vehicles that would qualify for a $500 tax rebate in IL are the following:
Honda Civic Hybrid
Volkswagen New Beetle (diesel)
Volkswagen Golf (diesel, manual only)
Volkswagen Jetta (diesel)
Ford Escape Hybrid (front wheel drive only)
Chevrolet Monte Carlo (E85)
Chevrolet Impala (E85)