More Arkansans Buying Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Sales of alternative-fuel vehicles in Arkansas rose by 20 percent last year, an increase greater than the national average.

In Arkansas, that includes 55,000 flex-fuel vehicles, which can run on standard gasoline or ethanol, and 1,393 gasoline or electric vehicles. The figures are from R.L. Polk and Company and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

The national growth last year for such vehicles was 17 percent for a total of 10.5 million.

Arkansas' growth in alternative-fuel vehicles marks a huge jump from 2000, when only 12 such models were sold in the state.

The Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association says the number of alternative-fuel vehicles is up in Arkansas because dealers are not better able to meet demand.

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