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BY JENNIFER PALMER Modified: October 24, 2009 at 8:06 am •  Published: October 24, 2009
MOORE — With four wheels and Crayola-bright exteriors, Kandi COCO electric vehicles have joined the inventory of trikes and bikes at Trinity Trikes & Customs.

The motorcycle shop recently started stocking the vehicles, in time for buyers to get a state tax credit that expires at the end of the year.

The tax credit has caused a frenzy of demand for low-speed electric vehicles, which can cost about $1,000 or less after applying state and federal tax credits.

Andy Campbell, Trinity Trikes & Customs’ general manager, said the Kandi COCO vehicles were a good fit for the shop and will help subsidize slow motorcycle sales in winter months.

"We don’t want to sell anything that’s going to degrade our bread-and-butter business,” he said.

Kandi COCO cars are one of the electric vehicle models the Oklahoma Tax Commission has said will qualify for the state tax credit, which reimburses tax payers for 50 percent of the purchase price.

GKU in Oklahoma City is also selling Kandi COCO vehicles, after scrambling to become a dealer and getting approved last week. The dealership still stocks models manufactured by Tomberlin and Ruff & Tuff, but the tax commission has said those models won’t qualify for the tax credit.

"Right now, a lot of our eggs have been put in the tax credit basket,” said Richard Conrady, parts manager for GKU.

Trinity Trikes & Customs has been selling about 10 vehicles a week; most of the buyers own motor homes and want the car to tote along on trips, Campbell said.


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