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Tax break for alternative fuels passes

March 2, 2018
Two tax credits that affect fleets using alternative fuels have been extended.

Good news for green fleets!

Two tax credits that affect fleets using alternative fuels have been extended. The Alternative Fuel Excise Credit and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit are now retroactively extended through the end of 2017 — a year past the original expiration of December 21, 2016.

What does this mean for green fleet owners? Consider these credit examples:

  • For any fleet that purchased propane autogas in 2017, a tax credit of 36 cents per gallon is available.
  • A credit of $4,000 to $40,000 is available on the purchase of new qualified fuel cell motor vehicles in 2017. (The amount varies depending on vehicle weight.)
  • For fleets that installed non-hydrogen alt-fuel refueling infrastructure in 2017, the fueling equipment is eligible for a tax credit of 30 percent of the cost (not to exceed $30,000).

How do you file for credits? The Alternative Fuels Data Center says the Treasury Department will provide more details on the process on March 11. Claims may be submitted after Treasury issues guidance. Claims will be paid within 60 days after receipt.

While this legislation is a boon for alternative fuel users, we must take steps to keep these incentives in place for the long run. I urge you to contact your elected officials with your support for alternative fuel credits.

Another way to advocate for clean alternative energy is through our Clean Cities coalitions. This Department of Energy program has worked since 1993 to cut petroleum use in transportation. Through local outreach and education with stakeholders, the program encourages the use of alternative fuels and vehicles. You can help Congress recognize the value of this program by reaching out to your representative and express your support.

If you have questions about alternative fuels or how they could benefit your fleet, leave a comment or call 800.59.ROUSH. You can also join the conversation here.

About the Author

Joe Thompson | Group President, Roush Products Group

Joe Thompson is group president of Roush Products Group, working within the corporate structure of Roush and overseeing ROUSH CleanTech and ROUSH Performance Products. He is a member of the Roush Enterprise Steering Committee. 

Previously he served as president of ROUSH CleanTech, growing the company from six employees to more than 90. Under Thompson’s leadership, ROUSH CleanTech won numerous quality control and environmental awards, including Supplier of the Year from Blue Bird and a Michigan Green Leader honorable mention. He is a recipient of the 2013 Green Fleet Sustainability All-Star award.

Thompson has worked with Roush since 1996. In his previous appointment as vice president and general manager, he helped establish ROUSH Performance as one of the premier brands in the automotive aftermarket segment.  

Raised in Ohio, he earned a degree in public relations from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism. He lives with his wife and two sons in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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