Do not Blame Congress For Tax Credit score Limits. Blame Tesla For Its Costly EVs



There’s one thing that’s been bugging me the final couple of days on social media. I don’t imply bugging me just a little. I additionally don’t imply bugging me like Steve Urkel bugs Carl Winslow on Household Issues (in different phrases, so much). It’s extra like these annoying road preachers who name folks to repentance with megaphones throughout rush hour. You don’t care what they assume, as a result of they’re silly, however on the identical time, you hear the identical stuff again and again and over till you’d actually identical to to inform them the place to stuff the megaphone.

I’ve been making an attempt to not write too many articles concerning the Tesla Stans these days, however this little tidbit of non-wisdom I hold seeing appears price writing about as a result of it’s simply so economically unjust however comes packaged as a injustice towards Tesla and its consumers. So, I’m going to finish 2022 with a bang and describe the place the megaphones needs to be saved.

The Complaining Appears Professional On The Floor

The factor Tesla Stans and “HODLers” are crying about this time is that Uncle Sam isn’t being good about tax credit from the Inflation Discount Act. These complaints are nothing new, and Tesla followers have (typically rightfully) been complaining concerning the dumb issues in that regulation since day one, however this time they’re up in everybody’s Twitter grille concerning the caps on car costs.

For instance, the 5 seat model of the Tesla Mannequin Y is taken into account a “automobile” by the tax collectors, and is thus topic to a $55,000 restrict. Promote a Mannequin Y for greater than that and you’ll kiss the tax credit (which can ultimately turn into point-of-sale reductions) goodbye. However the 7-seat model of the car is taken into account an SUV, and is due to this fact topic to an $80,000 restrict on gross sales value to qualify for the tax credit. That offers Tesla extra respiration room (and room to revenue and broaden).

It seems like nonsense on the floor, however these caps have been put within the regulation for legitimate causes.

Past First World Issues

Some time again, any time you complain about any annoyance, some folks would trouble you that ravenous kids in Africa don’t expertise such issues. Whereas one thing may very well be legitimately grinding your gears, there was at all times that man who would inform you that it’s “first world issues” and that you simply most likely shouldn’t be complaining. In spite of everything, you’re so nicely off, proper?

Yeah, that crap aggravated me, too. However I believe it’s completely acceptable on this case as a result of we aren’t speaking concerning the maid cleansing your grasp rest room at an inconvenient time. We’re speaking about $80,000 vehicles and an expectation that the federal government needs to be subsidizing these vehicles.

The typical American paid round $40,000 once we weren’t coping with a bizarre economic system. Even then, with automobile costs sky excessive at sellers, the typical new automobile value was nonetheless underneath $50,000. And contemplate that this was the typical, not the underside. For $50,000 to be the typical, round half of the inhabitants pays much less for his or her automobile.

To somebody dwelling in Los Angeles or San Francisco, $80,000 may not look like so much, however that’s greater than I paid for my home in New Mexico, and that was in 2021. I lately purchased the costliest automobile I’ve ever purchased, and that was $32,000 for a Chevy Bolt EUV. A lot of my neighbors spent only a few thousand for his or her vehicles, they usually’re too apprehensive about pure gasoline costs and discovering wooden to burn to remain heat this winter.

Ought to these of us paying just a little tax in New Mexico, who survive via frugality, have to look at a few of these {dollars} go to some jerk in Phoenix or L.A. who simply couldn’t even survive with out an $80,000 automobile? I’m sorry, however NO! You shouldn’t be getting taxpayer cash to purchase a luxurious automobile in 2023. EV know-how has matured, and now it’s time to get them into each driveway, not put a second or third one in yours.

I do know New Mexico is about as poor of a U.S. state as you will get, however there’s a number of room for a good EV underneath fifty 5 thousand bucks, so that you don’t should drive a penalty field. Even my “low-cost” Bolt EUV has leather-based seats, heated and cooled. It has loads of different good issues teenage me by no means thought she’d have in a automobile (or might think about). However, I get that individuals don’t like Bolt charging speeds. The Volkswagen ID.4, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, and the Kia EV6 are all very, very good EVs for underneath the $55,000 cap.

So, no, I’m not suggesting everybody drive a Bolt, or worse, a LEAF. There are many nicer EVs available for underneath $55,000. It’s not a tough goal for an automaker to hit lately.

However, regardless of loads of room underneath the value cap, I’m seeing a bunch of Tesla shareholders complaining on social media like somebody is twisting their arms. I get that 2022 has been a tough yr for individuals who guess the whole lot on Elon, but it surely’s not my fault that Don Quixote Musk has been out tilting at each political windmill these days and kicking each hornet’s nest of controversy he might discover on Twitter. You guess on the man, regardless of some CleanTechnica writers warning you, and now you’ve obtained to lie within the mattress you made.

You definitely shouldn’t expect taxpayers to subsidize bloated luxurious sedans disguised as SUVs to assist bail you out of the mess you’re in with these stonks, when Tesla had ample alternative to concentrate on cheaper EVs like the opposite producers did. And for those who’re the customer of mentioned bloated luxurious sedan, you shouldn’t get cash from the pocket of a frugal New Mexican who purchased a Bolt with none tax credit.

I do know this sounds harsh, however that’s life for folks within the backside half. When a automobile is over $55,000, we simply don’t get one in any respect. The identical goes for a lot of different luxurious objects out of our attain, like high-end MacBooks, the top-end iPhone with 26 cameras, or the million-dollar home in sunny Southern California.

The argument used to carry that these tax credit have been wanted for luxurious EVs as a result of the know-how wanted to be developed and go into mass manufacturing so the remainder of us might afford one. But it surely’s not 2015 anymore. The know-how is there to supply EVs (and good ones) for underneath $55,000. I don’t wish to see folks complaining about how the federal government received’t assist pay for dearer Mannequin Y crossovers.

Featured picture: Tesla Mannequin Y (press picture courtesy of Tesla).


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