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  • Green Driver State Incentives in Kansas

    Green driver incentives abound in Kansas for those with fuel efficient cars—hybrid cars, hybrid SUVs, electric cars (EVs), and other alternative fuels vehicles (AFVs). Read on for details on eligibility and how to save time and money.

    Please note that eco-friendly incentives and related laws are subject to change. Also consult your local Division of Motor Vehicles (DOR) branch and the Alternative Fuels Data Center for updates. Of course, regardless of whether you drive an electric vehicle, hybrid, or any other fuel-efficient vehicle, all drivers on Kansas public roads must abide by its traffic laws.

    Kansas Emission Testing

    Currently, the Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles does not require a safety inspection or emission test for first-time vehicle registration and registration renewal. If you would like to learn more about limiting vehicle emissions that contribute to global warming, visit our Smog & Emission Checks page.

    KS Tax Incentives for Green Drivers

    As a way of enticing taxpayers to consider alternative energy vehicles—hybrid cars, electric cars—and lowering their carbon footprint, Kansas offers a number of tax credits. Many tax incentives are available for businesses (such as producers and retailers of alternative fuels), but some individuals are eligible for tax credits, too. Check out the following two sections for specifics.

    If you need additional help taking advantage of federal and state tax incentives, consider contacting a professional tax advisor, your local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center , or the Kansas Department of Revenue.

    KS Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Tax Credit

    KS taxpayers who own and operate a qualified alternative fuel vehicle might be eligible for the Kansas Alternative-Fuel Tax Credit. The tax credit amount varies depending on when the AFV went into service and its gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). If your vehicle is licensed in Kansas and went into service:

    On or after January 1, 1996 and before January 1, 2005—The tax credit equals 50% of the incremental or conversion cost, up to a max of:

    • $3,000 for an AFV with a GVWR < 10,000 pounds.
    • $5,000 for a heavy duty motor vehicle with a GVWR > 10,000 pounds but < 26,000 pounds.
    • $50,000 for motor vehicles with a GVWR > 26,000 pounds.

    On or after January 1, 2005:—The tax credit equals 40% incremental or conversion cost, up to a max of:

    • $2,400 for an AFV with a GVWR < 10,000 pounds.
    • $4,000 for a heavy duty motor vehicle with a GVWR > 10,000 pounds but < 26,000 pounds.
    • $40,000 for motor vehicles with a GVWR > 26,000 pounds.

    To claim the AFV tax credit, take the following steps:

    1. Confirm your vehicle runs on a qualifying alternative fuel.
    2. Download Schedule K-62*.
    3. Submit the completed form with your Kansas income tax return.

    *The Kansas Department of Revenue can also mail you a Schedule K-62. Simply request one by phone by calling (785) 296-4937. Leave your name, address, phone number, and the form name on the voicemail system, and you should receive your Schedule K-62 in two weeks.

    NOTE: The State also extends the tax credit to businesses and organizations (such as associations, partnerships, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and corporations, as well as to those who make expenditures for a qualified alternative fuel fueling station. For further details, consult the Kansas Department of Revenue's AFV tax credit page.

    Federal Tax Credits for Owners of Fuel-Efficient Cars

    Owners of fuel-efficient vehicles might also qualify for federal tax credits offered by the IRS. Eligible alternative energy vehicles include:

    • Electric cars (EV.)
    • Hybrids.
    • Plug-in hybrids (PEV).
    • Diesels.
    • Alternative fuel vehicles (AFV).

    For additional information on federal tax credits, jump over to fueleconomy.gov.

    Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicle and Conversion Loans

    Communication Federal Credit Union (CFCU) offers qualified applicants financing options for:

    • Buying a new vehicle with CNG conversions (MSRP plus conversion cost).
    • Converting your existing vehicle to a CNG-powered vehicle.

    Individuals and businesses in Kansas can qualify by:

    • Obtaining proof that all conversion systems are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
    • Providing proof of certification from an insured installer that is licensed in Kansas.
    • Getting coverage from your auto insurance provider for the conversion system as an aftermarket accessory.

    For more on the CFCU CNG Vehicle Loan Program, refer to the credit union’s website.

    KS Idle Reduction Weight Exemption

    Because idle reduction technology adds extra weight to vehicles, the State allows qualified vehicles to exceed Kansas gross and axle weight limits by up to 400 pounds. To qualify for this idle reduction weight exemption, your vehicle must be equipped with idle reduction technology. Kansas Statutes 9-1908, 8-1909, 8-1917 provide detailed information on this eco-friendly exemption.

    Auto Insurance Discounts for Eco-Friendly Driving and Green Vehicles

    Some Kansas auto insurance providers offer insurance discounts for having green driving habits and/or driving a fuel-efficient vehicle. Consult your car insurance company about potential green vehicle discounts such as:

    • Hybrid auto discounts.
    • Alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) discounts.
    • Economy car discounts.
    • Low-mileage discounts.
    • Pay as you drive discounts.

    Auto insurance discounts vary by provider and circumstances. For example, you might receive a 10% discount on car insurance for owning or leasing a hybrid car, while maintaining low mileage can earn you up to a 30% auto insurance discount.

    If your current KS auto insurance carrier doesn’t reward eco-friendly driving, find one that does. Compare auto insurance rates online and save some green for going green.