Tesla's US Tax Credit Set To Come To An End

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Two quarters after a company reaches 200,000 sales in the US, the incentive is cut in half to $3,750.

Since the credits apply when the purchase is completed, it appears that few, if any, buyers will be able to take advantage of the full $7,500 discount on this model. Despite this anti-selling, however, Model 3 reservations remained high, with Tesla most recently confirming that it still has a backlog of 420,000 orders for the electric auto.

The phaseout was triggered when Tesla delivered its 200,000th auto to a customer in the US this week.

Tesla has also started changing its strategy for the Model 3. The tax credits then start to phase out-halved to $3,750 between January 1 and June 30, 2019, and then again halved to $1,875 from July 1 to December 31, 2019, until they stop.

The incentives were created to boost electric auto sales by giving buyers a tax credit that would bring prices in line with competitive gas cars.

Each manufacturer is allotted 200,000 credits before the phaseout begins. The production milestone was finally attained by the company during the final week of June, but it did not escape criticism from the company's doubters, some of whom predicted that the Model 3's 5,000/week "burst" production would be unsustainable.

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With more than 400,000 customers holding deposits on the Tesla Model 3, many of those customers will likely not receive any federal tax credit.

The Model 3, billed as a more affordable vehicle with a starting price of $35,000, is now delivered only in more expensive versions.

Tesla is the first US carmaker to trigger the reduced federal tax credit for electric vehicles, a phaseout triggered by it sales of 200,000 vehicles in the U.S.

Earlier this year, analysts debated whether Tesla or GM would be first sell 200,000 cars first and trigger the tax-credit phaseout for their buyers.

Opting for the Model 3 dual-motor auto would add $5000 [£3800] to the $35,000 [£26,650] starting price of the entry-level Model 3 in the US, Musk said, and would allow the vehicle to reach 0-60mph in 4.5sec, with a 140mph top speed and 310-mile driving range. After that, reaching the target this quarter became inevitable.

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