The Energy Policy Act of 2005, which gave birth to the Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit, expires at the end of this year. As far as we know, there is no expected tax incentive for 2011. At the very least, the dollar amount of the credits is up in the air if any new legislation is enacted at all.
The termination will also affect some diesel-powered vehicles, such as the Mercedes-Benz ML320, that also get credits under the law. The $4,000 tax incentive on the compressed-natural-gas-powered 2011 Honda Civic GX will also go away.
Tax credits for vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf are separate and do not expire this year.
The current offers range from $900 all the way up to $3,400 on hybrid vehicles. Vehicles like the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid get the short end of the stick as far as the credit goes, as each model has been on sale for only a matter of days.
Many popular models — from Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen, Audi, Lexus, Ford, Mercury and Lincoln — no longer offer tax credits because of a phase-out plan in the law that goes into effect after an automaker sells more than 60,000 hybrid or lean-burning vehicles.
Many state tax credit and rebate incentives for hybrids are available; you can check them out here. Below you’ll find a list of qualified vehicles and their subsequent credit. Nab one before Dec. 31, and you could reduce your tax liability.