Biden’s Electric Vehicle Law Appears To Be Working as Intended

A new EV tax credit law aims to move electric car production to the U.S. Learn more about it here. 
Written by Allison Stone
Reviewed by Serena Aburahma
Oct 11, 2022
More and more electric
car brands
are moving their production facilities to the U.S.—but why? Many cars sold in North America, even those from purportedly
“American” brands
are made at least partially overseas. 
A new EV law from the Biden administration, however, is intending to change that. Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act which was signed into law over the summer, Americans can now only claim the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit on cars built in the U.S. 
Read on with the car ownership experts at
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Jerry to learn more about this new law and what it means for foreign automakers.

More automakers are opening U.S. factories

Asian and European automakers are producing some of the most sought-after and highly-anticipated electric cars on the market. According to
Kelley Blue Book
, the
Hyundai Ioniq 5
, for example, has earned the title of 2022 World Car of the Year.
Hyundai’s luxury subdivision Genesis has also been racking up awards and is in the midst of producing its Electrified GV70 SUV. 
Hyundai manufactures most of its cars out of the world’s largest automotive assembly complex Ulsan, South Korea, but production for the GV70 will actually begin later this year at a plant in Alabama. For the Ioniq 5, Hyundai is building a new plant in Georgia. 
European brands, including Volvo, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz are in a similar predicament. Volvo is planning an American assembly plant for its flagship EX90 SUV, while Volkswagen moved construction of the ID.4 from Germany to Tennessee. 
Mercedes-Benz launched the EQS electric sedan from its home base in Germany, but the American-market equivalent—also called the EQS—was made in Alabama. 

New EV law intends to strengthen domestic market

Because of the new prerequisites for tax credit qualification, both Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Corp are excluded in the short term. 
As automakers are scrambling to ramp up U.S.-based production, the new law has also been met with some pushback from trade partners. 
The new EV law also comes with a few other caveats. 
A $55,000 price cap rules out both the Mercedes EQS as well as most Tesla models, which in spite of being home-grown, actually haven’t
qualified for the federal tax credit
in years. For Tesla, only a few versions of the Model 3 will qualify. 

How to save money on a new EV

Incentives like the federal tax credit help to close the gap between gas-powered and electric cars, and driving more production to the U.S. will likely strengthen interest in EVs as well. 
If you’re thinking about buying an electric car, you can save even more money when you sign up with the Jerry app. A licensed broker that offers end-to-end support, the Jerry app gathers affordable quotes, helps you switch plans, and can even help you cancel your old policy. 
And to ensure you always have the lowest rate,
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