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A tale of Tesla, taxes and tequila

A tale of Tesla, taxes and tequila

Is it a coincidence that the very same week that


announced that those who wanted to get the

$7,500 tax credit for buying a vehicle

had to do so by October 15 CNBC reported that Musk’s company

filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

for a brand name that would cover “Distilled agave liquor; Distilled blue agave liquor?” It’s called Teslaquila, and while it

started as an April Fool’s joke

, it’s

suddenly sounding very real


Think about this for a moment. A basic

Model S

75D has a price of on the order of $77,000 (including $1,200 in fees). A $7,500 tax credit is not an insignificant discount for a car of that caliber. And that sum is an even greater benefit for those who are going for the base

Model 3

(well, base in the context of what you can get right now, a vehicle with a long-range battery and premium interior; according to

the standard battery won’t be available for at least three months and possibly six), which is at $49,000.

With the disappearance of the $7,500 tax credit, that Model 3 will suddenly be, in effect, 15-percent more expensive than it was on October 14.

Now here’s the kicker: Tesla is a victim of its own success.

The federal government started a program that would provide a tax credit of up to $7,500 for

electric vehicles

that were bought in or after 2010. This was a sweet incentive for people to buy


. It can be traced to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, back when there were programs like the so-called

Cash for Clunkers

: the government wanted to get people out there and shopping.

The lawmakers concluded, however, that once a given automaker sold 200,000 EVs, there was sufficient demand that there would no longer be a need for such a pot sweetener. So once the 200,000th vehicle was delivered, the clock started ticking: the full $7,500 for the next two quarters; half of that ($3,750) for the next two quarters, then half again ($1,875) for the two quarters after that.

Then there would no longer be any need to fill out IRS form 8936, Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit.

Tesla sold its 200,000th vehicle in July 2018, so the clock started running on the cash. At the end of 2019, there will be no federal tax credit for purchasers of Teslas.

The next company on the bubble is

General Motors

because of the

Chevy Bolt EV

and Volt. While Volt sales through the third quarter are 13,243, down 13.7 percent compared to the same period last year, remember that it has been on the U.S. market since December 2010, so its sales plus those of the Bolt are getting close to a cumulative 200,000.

While there is still a long way to go for some companies (

Kia Soul EV

anyone?), there is the potential

killing of federal tax credit program and an addition fee for purchasers of EVs

, as proposed by Wyoming senator John Barrasso.

But for Tesla, the party’s over. Not completely done. But still the confetti has been popped. And this isn’t even taking into account the condition of the company’s stock, which was over $387 per share a year ago and is now bumping along at about $260.

Anyone for a shot of Teslaqulia?

Related Video:

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