Federal Tax Credit on EVs Still Applies to American-Made Vehicles

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【Summary】While the Inflation Reduction Act is set to bring in some large changes for consumers looking to purchase a vehicle, the federal tax credit will be available on electric vehicles through 2022, but only on vehicles that are made in America.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Oct 13, 2022 7:30 AM PT
Federal Tax Credit on EVs Still Applies to American-Made Vehicles

With President Joe Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act earlier this week, things for consumers looking to purchase an electrified vehicle are going to change drastically. While some of the changes will occur next year and a few more will take place in a few years, one immediate change is taking place for the rest of the year. As Green Car Reports, the Department of Energy and Internal Revenue Service issued some preliminary guidance for the rest of the 2022 calendar year. 

Federal Tax Credit Still Available

As the outlet points out, shoppers looking to claim the new Clean Vehicle Credit, yes the federal tax credit for electrified cars has a new name, have two things that they'll have to focus on. For one, the vehicle cap on electric vehicles won't be lifted until 2023. So, if you're looking to purchase a Tesla or vehicle from General Motors, you won't be eligible for the tax credit. You could wait until January 2023.

The second thing is that in order for electric vehicles to be eligible for the Clean Vehicle Credit, it must have a final assembly point in North America. That means electric cars will have to be built in the U.S., Mexico, or Canada in order to be eligible for the federal tax credit. This is a requirement for purchases made on or after August 16, 2022.

Cars Eligible For Tax Credit

There's some more good news for consumers. The price cap on vehicles won't go into effect until January 1, 2023. So, the list of electric vehicles that are eligible for the credit, which Green Car Reports put together, is fairly lengthy for the rest of 2022:

  • Audi Q5 plug-in hybrid 

  • BMW 330e 

  • BMW X5 xDrive45e 

  • Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid 

  • Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid 

  • Ford F-150 Lightning 

  • Ford Mustang Mach-E 

  • Ford E-Transit 

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe 

  • Jeep Wrangler 4xe 

  • Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring 

  • Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring 

  • Lucid Air 

  • Nissan Leaf 

  • Rivian R1S 

  • Rivian R1T 

  • Volvo S60 Recharge 

Because of the Transition Rule, consumers that entered into a binding agreement to purchase an electric car from an automaker will be able to ignore all of these requirements. We know that Rivian, Lucid, and Fisker reached out to shoppers to have them sign an agreement before President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act. 

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