Executives from GM, Ford, and other automakers call on Congress to increase the cap on electric vehicle tax credits

The calculations of a buyer may be significantly altered by federal tax exemptions for qualifying purchases. You can minimize your cost, possibly by several thousand dollars to many thousands of dollars, by adding any eligible credits or state rebates from a power utility. In order to help customers reduce costs, dealers have gotten better at outlining the possibilities.

In a letter obtained by Reuters, Ford Motor Co, Stellantis NV, General Motors Co, the parent company of Chrysler, and Toyota Motor North America pleaded with Congress to raise the $7,500 maximum on the electric car tax credit, citing higher expenses to develop zero-emission vehicles.

The CEOs, including Mary Barra from GM, Jim Farley from Ford, Carlos Tavares from Stellantis, and Tetsuo Ogawa from Toyota North America, stated in a joint letter sent to the leaders of Congress that they have committed to investing more than $170 billion through 2030 to support the development, production, and sale of electric vehicles.

Following the sale of 200,000 vehicles by a manufacturer, the present $7,500 tax credit runs away. In order to continue receiving the consumer tax credits, both Tesla and GM have already reached the maximum.

In their letter, the automakers urged the removal of the per-automaker cap and the setting of a sunset date for when the Electric Vehicle market has developed. Recent economic challenges and supply chain issues are pushing up the cost of making electrified vehicles, which puts pressure on consumer prices.

The letter is being released at a time when car industry executives are growing increasingly concerned that the window of opportunity for the US Congress to extend the tax incentives for electric vehicles is closing because Republicans may regain control of one or both chambers of Congress in 2019.

In order to argue for the extension of the tax credit last week Bill Ford, the Ford Executive Chairman made an unannounced visit to Capitol Hill. In April, Senator Joe Manchin, a significant Democrat, questioned whether it was necessary to continue tax incentives for electric vehicles in light of the high level of customer demand and Chinese battery component manufacturing.

“With the price of petrol around $4, there is currently a waiting list for EVs. Yet they still demand that we give them a $5,000, $7,000, or $12,000 credit to use toward the purchase of electric cars. It is very incomprehensible to me, “said Manchin. It’s completely absurd in my opinion when we can’t manufacture enough of a good to satisfy everyone who wants it while yet charging them to buy it.

A $4,500 incentive for union-produced, domestically built vehicles was included in a proposal made by President Joe Biden and other Democrats in Congress last year to increase the maximum amount of EV tax credits to $12,000.

The union-only incentive was previously challenged by Toyota and Manchin. Nothing about the union inducement is mentioned in the newsletter. Additionally, Biden supported making the existing credit refundable at the point of sale, providing a 30 percent credit for commercial electric vehicles, a $4,000 used EV tax credit, and other EV-related measures.

Additionally, he advocated for gradually eliminating subsidies for electric vehicles built outside of the United States, a proposal that was met with vehement opposition from Canada as well as other nations with the active auto industries.

When it reached the quota in April, Toyota stated that it anticipated its credits would run out by the end of 2022. By the end of 2021, Ford sold almost 160,000 electric vehicles, and this year it may reach its limit.

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