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More On The Tesla Bailout

Posted by Martin C. Fox on July 20, 2017

Green Cronyism Gone Wild: It Looks Like The State Of California Is Bailing Out Tesla | Watts Up With That?

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/07/19/green-cronyism-gone-wild-it-looks-like-the-state-of-california-is-bailing-out-tesla/

Losing a $7,500 subsidy on a $35,000 car is a huge deal. No other EV manufacturer is anywhere near their 200,000 limit. Their customers are going to benefit from the subsidy; Tesla buyers won’t.

This could crush Tesla sales. Many car buyers are sensitive to these subsidies. For example, after Hong Kong rescinded a tax break for EVs effective in April, Tesla sales in April dropped to zero. The good people of Hong Kong will likely start buying Teslas again, but it shows that subsidies have a devastating impact when they’re pulled.

To make this more palatable, you have to dress this up as something where others benefit too, though the biggest beneficiary would be Tesla because these California subsidies would replace the federal subsidies when they’re phased out.

The Tesla Model 3 would be tough to sell without the federal $7,500. But this new bill would push Californian taxpayers into filling the void. It would be a godsend for Tesla.

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