EV tax credits for Tesla and other capped-out automakers revived thanks to Senate deal

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Tesla and other automakers who capped out of the EV tax credits in the United States, like General Motors, might get another shot at incentives. Senators Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin recently announced a deal that would introduce new incentives for electric vehicle purchases and EV battery production. 

On Wednesday, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. It is a sweeping climate, tax, and health care bill scheduled to enter the Senate floor next week. 

The bill includes a $4,000 tax credit for electric vehicle purchases. The proposed Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 also includes incentives for EV battery production in the United States. Senator Manchin clarified that the incentives would encourage American companies to assemble EV batteries and extract minerals for battery cell manufacturing in North America. 

Manchin’s Change of Heart

Manchin did not support EV tax credits in the past. Last month, the Senator stated that the proposed $4,500 bonus tax credit for electric vehicles was scrapped. 

He also expressed his displeasure at the current state of the United States EV tax credit structure. The Senator pointed out that American EV companies like Tesla and General Motors have capped out of the EV tax credit structure. However, foreign automakers can still take advantage of the $7,500 EV tax credit. 

“Any foreign vehicle that is an electric vehicle is going to be able to claim a $7,500 credit (under existing law). I don’t think that’s our intent,” said Manchin at the time.

Ford, General Motors, Stellantis and Toyota have all urged the US Congress to eliminate the cap on the $7,500 EV tax credit. Like GM and Tesla, Toyota has also reached over 200,000 EV unit sales making it eligible for the tax incentives.

Despite his past thoughts on EV tax credits, Manchin seems willing to compromise to get the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 passed. The West Virginia Senator was the one who reached out to Schumer to revive talks that ultimately led to the bill’s announcement on Wednesday. 

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Maria Merano: Veteran writer and editor, who believes harmony between tech and nature is achievable. We just need to learn to compromise.
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