A recent survey suggests half of Americans believe government has unfairly placed bets on electrified cars over clean diesel vehicles.
The survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive, asked 2,041 U.S. adults whether the government should offer a tax incentive on clean diesel vehicles and whether or not diesel vehicles were a viable option for them as drivers. 66 percent of drivers surveyed believe that the U.S. government should give a tax incentive to clean diesel buyers.
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According to Audi, who has been a huge supporter of clean diesel engines in its history, the alternative fuel option can deliver up to 30 percent better fuel economy and 12 to 30 percent less carbon dioxide emissions compared to standard gasoline engines.
Even more telling is the fact that 65 percent of those surveyed would be in support of lawmakers’ efforts to make diesel more accessible to the American public. In fact, over half of the respondents (57 percent) feel that the government has unfairly placed its bets in favor of hybrids and electrics over diesel engines. For example, certain states provide HOV access to hybrid and electric vehicles, while no such incentive exists for diesel owners.
The survey also showed that 59 percent of younger drivers between the ages of 18-34 would consider a clean diesel vehicle if the cost of diesel fuel was on par with gasoline.
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