senate passed inflation reduction act; what it means for evs

Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act, and included in that bill are changes to the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit.

BREAKING: The US Senate has just passed the $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act, which contains the $7,500 EV credit.

The House is set to reconvene from its August recess next Friday (August 12) and will take up the bill then. pic.twitter.com/ie698Sr6um

— Sawyer Merritt 📈🚀 (@SawyerMerritt) August 7, 2022

How it affects EVs and automakers

The bill allocates around $374 billion toward climate and energy spending. It ends per-manufacturer limits for the $7,500 tax credit for EV purchases. This is a good thing for American EV manufacturers such as Tesla.

General Motors, Ford, and other EV manufacturers will have to make ensure that their vehicles are built in North America and end their reliance on China for the EV battery supply chain. The lobbying from these automakers to make changes to the credit didn’t work.

The bill allowed for a small loophole for GM and other automakers that wish to manufacture EVs outside the U.S.  It seems that as long as their EVs are manufactured in North America which includes Mexico and Canada, they can still receive benefits even if EVs are not produced in the U.S.

Securing EV minerals domestically requires working together with suppliers.

It's true that the domestic battery content requirements will make it difficult for a lot for EVs to qualify for the new EV credit as the years go on.

The battery supply chain in the US needs a lot of work. https://t.co/b7MglMzJ6E

— Sawyer Merritt 📈🚀 (@SawyerMerritt) August 7, 2022

Automakers will need to work with their suppliers to end reliance on China for critical EV battery materials. A great example of how they can do this was laid by Tesla’s key nickel supplier, Talon Metals.

Yesterday, I spoke with Todd Malan, Chief External Affairs Officer & Head of Climate Strategy at Talon Metals who shared his thoughts. Todd pointed out that Tesla and Talon Metals have an off-take partnership. Talon will supply nickel to Tesla from its project in Minnesota.

Partnerships, across the value chain, he said to me, will be important. Taking a look at how Tesla and Talon described their supply relationship as a partnership indicates Tesla’s desire to work with suppliers. Everyone, not just automakers and suppliers, will need to work together. This includes governments.

Todd told me how the offtake agreement has helped the community and perception of the project.

“Having a Tesla off-take agreement in place has changed the perception of our project in the community. It’s very credentializing and our employees are proud of the partnership. People clearly understand that our proposed mine has a purpose: to supply nickel for the EV battery supply chain and contribute to the energy transition. This has helped shape how people perceive the project. It has a purpose and an important one.”

“Many of the large automakers are helping supply partners apply for some of the significant new funding opportunities being made available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill. The Department of Energy is expected to give out over $1.8 billion in funding from that legislation this fall. This is another example of how the end-users can help the front end of the supply chain for battery materials.”

You can read my full interview with Todd here.

Disclaimer: Johnna is long Tesla. 

I’d love to hear from you! If you have any comments, concerns, or see a typo, you can email me at johnna@teslarati.com. You can also reach me on Twitter @JohnnaCrider1

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