Most news out of the electric vehicle (EV) sector this month has centered around the new tax credits. Some EVs will qualify for $7,500 in tax credits as part of the
What does this mean for EV stocks in the coming year? Let’s take a closer look at the news and examine what investors can expect.
A Post-EV Tax Credit Economy
The EV tax credit policy is intended to incentivize more U.S. drivers to make the switch to electric. The government’s mission of helping the country transition to EVs and plug-in hybrids is certainly working.
Even while the broader auto market shrunk last year, EV sales increased in the face of supply chain difficulties. Now, the Biden administration is shifting its focus slightly, using the EV tax credits as a means of spurring domestic manufacturing as well. As the New York Times reports, the only EVs that will quality for the full tax credit this year are from prominent U.S. automakers.
As noted, Ford now has a slight advantage over Tesla, in the sense that more of its vehicles qualify for the full EV tax credit. InvestorPlace contributor Chris MacDonald provides a helpful breakdown of the companies and models on this year’s list. Here are the Ford and Tesla models specifically:
- Ford F-150 Lightning (2022-2023, Standard Range), Lowest MSRP $59,974
- Ford F-150 Lightning (2022-2023, Extended Range), Lowest MSRP $59,974
- Ford Mustang Mach-E (2022-2023, Standard Range), Lowest MSRP $45,995
- Ford Mustang Mach-E (2022-2023, Extended Range), Lowest MSRP $45,995
- Ford E-Transit (2022-2023), Lowest MSRP $49,575
- Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid (2022-2023), Lowest MSRP $40,500
- Tesla Model 3 Performance (2022-2023, Performance), Lowest MSRP $52,990
- Tesla Model Y All-Wheel Drive (2022-2023), Lowest MSRP $49,990
- Tesla Model Y Long-Range (2022-2023), Lowest MSRP $52,990
- Tesla Model Y Performance (2022), Lowest MSRP $56,990
- Tesla Model 3 Standard Range (2022-2023), Lowest MSRP $41,990
Other EV Makers Stand to Benefit
Of course, it isn’t only these two companies that will benefit from the new EV tax credit. General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Stellantis NV (NYSE:STLA) both have several vehicles on this year’s list. The big three of the U.S. automotive industry are well-represented.
F stock has been falling this week, but this EV tax credit news could be the catalyst it needs to turn around. As InvestorPlace contributor David Moadel reports, the company’s recent Q1 earnings demonstrated impressive sales growth. Now, U.S. consumers have more incentive than ever to purchase a Ford EV.
Of course, the other companies on this list will benefit as well. Tesla has almost as many EVs that qualify for the tax credit as Ford. However, the company is facing significant challenges, particularly as Elon Musk continues to shake investor confidence through his problems at Twitter. If the new EV tax credit policy is any indication, this could easily be Ford’s year.
On the date of publication, Samuel O’Brient did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.