Tesla says all orders placed before October 15th will be delivered before the end of the year and qualify for the full $7,500 federal tax credit. But given the electric automaker’s well-publicized delivery problems, prospective car buyers may want to take that promise with a grain of salt.
Customers ordering after the end of the year won’t qualify for the full tax credit because Tesla crossed the 200,000 electric vehicle sales mark in July. Customers who take delivery of their cars between January 1st and June 30th, 2019, will only be eligible for a $3,750 credit. And customers who take delivery between July 1st and December 31st, 2019, will be offered $1,875. After that, the incentive is dead.