AutoblogGreen reader Michael recently sent in a question regarding the about-to-start “Cash for Clunkers” program. Officially known as the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), the program allows owners of some older and inefficient vehicles to trade them in and get a rebate check worth up to $4,500 from the government to buy a new car. The simple version of the rules are that the trade-in can’t be more than 25 years old, needs to have an official combined highway/city fuel economy rating of less than 18 mpg (on the EPA’s new mpg scale), be in drivable condition and you have to have owned and insured the car for at least the year prior to turning it in. Michael’s question revolves around what happens when a car has two fuel economy ratings - one for gas and one for ethanol. Turns out, no one really knows yet. Find out more after the jump.
Photo by iboy_daniel. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.
Greenlings: Does the government know if ethanol cars qualify for Cash-For-Clunkers? originally appeared on AutoblogGreen on Thu, 09 Jul 2009 19:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.