Tesla has reversed course on its price cuts for the Model Y after a surge in demand and after the Biden administration’s decision to loosen regulations on electric vehicle tax credits.
More electric vehicles will qualify for a $7,500 tax credit under changes revealed by the federal government Friday, a move that follows pressure from auto industry lobbyists to better define the eligibility requirements.
“Today, the U.S. Treasury Department updated the vehicle classification standard used to determine the applicable Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) limitation for clean vehicle tax credits available under the Inflation Reduction Act,” the Treasury announced Friday.
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As a result, more electric crossovers and SUVs previously not covered by the credit will qualify, the department said.
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The statement continued, “To make it easier for consumers to know which vehicles qualify under the applicable MSRP cap, Treasury is updating the vehicle classification standard to use the consumer-facing EPA Fuel Economy Labeling standard, rather than the EPA CAFE standard. This change will allow crossover vehicles that share similar features to be treated consistently.”
In January, Tesla slashed the price of its baseline Model Y Long Range to $53,490 and Model Y Performance to $56,990.
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Tesla is now bumping those prices up, the Detroit Free Press noted. CEO Elon Musk said last week the company would be raising the price after seeing increased demand, according to Bloomberg.
The Model Y Long Range is now priced at $54,990 and the Model Y Performance will now cost $57,990.
All Teslas in the Model Y line are eligible for the tax credits under the Treasury’s latest restrictions.
This marks the third price change for Tesla in the past month.
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