GM offers $7,500 incentive for EVs losing tax credit, while Ford Lightning gets price hike – Autoblog

WASHINGTON — General Motors said on Wednesday it is offering incentives of $7,500 on its electric vehicles that earlier this week lost a U.S. government tax credit, while Ford Motor said it is hiking the prices of some of its F-150 EVs by $10,000.

The Treasury issued guidelines in December detailing new battery sourcing requirements aimed at weaning the U.S. EV supply chain away from China. The guidelines took effect on Monday.

GM said last month that all of its EVs would temporarily lose eligibility except the Chevrolet Bolt, adding that the Cadillac Lyriq and Chevy Blazer EVs are losing the credit because of two minor components. (The Blazer, meanwhile, is currently under a stop-sale order while Chevy applies a software fix.)

GM told its dealers it would provide the equivalent EV tax credit purchase amount “for any vehicles that became ineligible due to the new guidelines.”

GM expects that after a sourcing change, the Lyriq and Blazer EVs will regain eligibility in early 2024 and said its Chevrolet Equinox EV, Chevrolet Silverado EV, GMC Sierra EV and Cadillac Optiq produced “after the sourcing change will be eligible for the full incentive.”

Ford Lightning prices

Ford said on Wednesday it would increase the price of its lowest-priced F-150 EVs by $2,000-$7,000 and cut prices of some premium models by $5,000.

Ford said in October it was temporarily cutting one shift at its plant that builds the F-150 Lightning EV. The automaker told suppliers in December that it planned to produce about 1,600 electric F-150 Lightning EV trucks per week starting in January, roughly half of the 3,200 it previously had planned.

The Detroit News reported these prices by trim for the 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning, which is not yet on dealer lots. These do not reflect the $1,995 destination fee:

  • Pro (240-mile range): $54,995 (up $5,000 from 2023)
  • XLT 311A (240-mile range): $64,995 (up $7,000)
  • Lariat (320-mile range): $79,495 (up $2,000)
  • Platinum (300-mile range): $84,995 (down $5,000)
  • Platinum Black (300-mile range): $92,995 (down $5,000)

Even with the price cuts, however, neither of the top trims would qualify for the EV tax credit because they exceed the price cap of $80,000.

Ford said last month its E-Transit would lose its $3,750 tax credit, as would the Mach-E, but the Lightning and the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring sport-utility vehicle retained credits.

The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act law reformed the EV tax credit, requiring vehicles to be assembled in North America to qualify for any tax credits, eliminating nearly 70% of eligible models at the time.

The IRA rules have a loophole, however, which allows leased EVs to qualify for $7,500 tax credits without the battery or North America assembly requirements. Ford, the Detroit News reported, will offer a $7,500 cash incentive on 2023 Mach-Es leased through through Ford Credit, and that’s on top of the $7,500 tax break.

Other models

Other vehicles losing the EV purchase credit include the Volkswagen ID.4, Nissan Leaf, and some Tesla Model 3s, the U.S. Treasury said. The number of EV models qualifying for U.S. EV tax credits fell from 43 to 19.

The new rules allow buyers to claim tax credits of up to $7,500 at participating dealerships at the point of sale. The tax credit sets limits on vehicle price and buyer income to qualify.

Volkswagen said on Monday it “is in the process of confirming eligibility for a federal EV tax credit for vehicles” after Jan. 1.

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