Report: Many GM and Ford EVs will lose tax credit in 2024


In accordance with a Reuters report citing GM immediately, the Chevy Bolt EV would be the solely EV from the automaker qualifying for the total EV tax credit score from Jan. 1. 

Sure, that’s a mannequin now out of manufacturing and set to be more and more troublesome to search out at dealerships in 2024.

GM did say that the Chevrolet Blazer EV and Cadillac Lyriq are attributable to regain tax-credit eligibility in early 2024. The corporate informed Reuters that it expects its Chevy Equinox EV, Chevrolet Silverado EV, GMC Sierra EV, and Cadillac Optiq made “after the sourcing change” to be eligible for the total incentive. 

Ford Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning getting CATL LFP batteries

Ford Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning getting CATL LFP batteries

Moreover, Ford informed Reuters that its E-Transit and Mustang Mach-E, at present each eligible for $3,750, will lose the credit score fully. The Ford F-150 Lightning and Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring will maintain their credit score quantities of $7,500 and $3,750 respectively. 

Why are some EV credit falling to the wayside? Merely put, as sourcing necessities develop into extra granular, qualifying will get much more difficult in a globalized auto trade.

Motor family for GM Ultium-based EVs

Motor household for GM Ultium-based EVs

For example, with the Blazer EV, GM assembles the drive items in the identical Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, advanced that builds the Blazer EV itself. GM designed and engineered its Ultium motors in-house, however the permanent-magnet motor utilized in numerous roles all through the Blazer EV lineup is made by South Korea’s LG at vegetation in China and Mexico. 

At GM’s current media occasion for the Blazer EV, GM assistant chief engineer Patrick Lencioni, who oversees the motor suite that is set to enter quite a lot of its Ultium EVs, defined to Inexperienced Automobile Studies that it’s strategically working with LG in that case “to shift the footprint as wanted,” relying on the sourcing rule.

Motor family for GM Ultium-based EVs

Motor household for GM Ultium-based EVs

Beginning Jan. 1, the Treasury Division extends the overseas content material limitation to different “low-value” elements. 

It’s the most recent peg already written out as a part of the Inflation Discount Act championed by the Biden administration. The EV tax credit score bought an entire revamp final 12 months into the Clear Car Tax Credit score, retaining its $7,500 most quantity, and plug-in hybrids retained eligibility with a minimal battery capability. However with household-income and automobile MSRP ceilings utilized, autos have to be assembled within the U.S., Mexico, or Canada, and because the years progress, and the content material of the elements inside EVs need to be sourced much less from exterior most well-liked U.S. commerce companions. 

Earlier this month the Division of Power made {that a} step clearer—and stricter than anticipated—with “overseas entity of concern” language that excludes EV content material from China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea in manufacturing and meeting or battery elements, extending out to mining, processing, and recycling of essential minerals in 2025. 

Inexperienced Automobile Studies has reached out to Ford and GM for particulars relating to which elements maintain these autos from assembly credit score necessities—and to verify the checklist.

2023 Tesla Model Y

2023 Tesla Mannequin Y

GM and Ford aren’t the one ones anticipating to lose tax-credit eligibility. Tesla earlier this month disclosed that the Mannequin 3 Rear-Wheel Drive and Lengthy Vary fashions received’t qualify for the credit score after Dec. 31, whereas simply final week it advised that some variations of the Tesla Mannequin Y “possible” received’t retain the total tax credit score quantity. 

There’s nonetheless room although for automakers to entry a unique credit score supposed for industrial autos that serves as a loophole for EV leasing—offering as much as $7,500 off the general price of the lease, no matter value caps or content material necessities. 

Additionally, beginning in 2024, the tax credit score will develop into an instantaneous dealership rebate, with dealerships able to tapping into it on the level of sale, serving to some households to scale back the financed price of latest autos. It’s nonetheless as much as households to guarantee their eligibility, although. 


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