Helping you understand the electric vehicle tax credit

Reporter: Emma Heaton Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Electric vehicle charging. (Credit: WINK News)

The federal government wants to incentivize you to drive clean. You could get a $7,500 tax credit if you buy an electric car by January 1, thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act.

If you buy, will you collect? Yes, some electric car buyers will collect the $7,500, but most will not, including many of the more popular electric vehicles around.

On Tuesday, President Biden signed what he calls “One of the most significant laws in our history;” the Inflation Reduction Act.

“It’s one of the signature achievements of Joe Biden in the Democratic Congress,” said Aubrey Jewett, a political scientist at UCF.

Jewett said the law has its pros, like cutting the cost of health insurance and offering new protections for the environment, but when it comes to electric cars and the promised tax credit, the devil is in the details.

“Some of these restrictions require the electric vehicles to be, and particularly the batteries to be made in the United States, or at least predominantly made in the United States,” said Jewett.

That requirement alone rules out many electric vehicles. The Biden administration put out a list of cars that are eligible for the $7,500 tax credit. You can find that list by clicking here or in the table below.

Electric Vehicles Assembled in North America
Model Year Vehicle Note
2022 Audi Q5
2022 BMW 3-series Plug-In
2022 BMW X5
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Manufacturer sales cap met
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV Manufacturer sales cap met
2022 Chrysler Pacifica PHEV
2022 Ford Escape PHEV
2022 Ford F Series
2022 Ford Mustang MACH E
2022 Ford Transit Van
2022 GMC Hummer Pickup Manufacturer sales cap met
2022 GMC Hummer SUV Manufacturer sales cap met
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee PHEV
2022 Jeep Wrangler PHEV
2022 Lincoln Aviator PHEV
2022 Lincoln Corsair Plug-in
2022 Lucid Air
2022 Nissan Leaf
2022 Rivian EDV
2022 Rivian R1S
2022 Rivian R1T
2022 Tesla Model 3 Manufacturer sales cap met
2022 Tesla Model S Manufacturer sales cap met
2022 Tesla Model X Manufacturer sales cap met
2022 Tesla Model Y Manufacturer sales cap met
2022 Volvo S60
2023 BMW 3-series Plug-In
2023 Bolt EV Manufacturer sales cap met
2023 Cadillac Lyriq Manufacturer sales cap met
2023 Mercedes EQS
2023 Nissan Leaf

The part that matters most, where it says Manufacturer sales cap met, means those cars are not eligible until next year.

Ford and GM raised their prices on electric vehicles by $6,000 to $8,000. Matching or exceeding the promised tax credit.

Ford said the price hike was “Due to significant material cost increases and other factors.”

“Now the new vehicle is costing 6,000 more than it did last year. Maybe you don’t save as much as congress intended you to save,” said Jewett.

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation says only 18% of the electric vehicles on the market are eligible for the tax credit.

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