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Elon Musk: some Tesla customers could take delivery before 2019

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  • Some Tesla customers may still be able to take delivery before the end of the year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested on Wednesday via Twitter.
  • Vehicles that are delivered before the end of 2018 are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit that will begin to expire in 2019. 
  • “Reminder to US buyers that the $7500 tax credit cuts in half in 5 days! Order online at http://Tesla.com  to see if there is any inventory left in your region or visit Tesla stores,” Musk said.

 

Some Tesla customers may still be able to take delivery before the end of the year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested on Wednesday via Twitter.

Vehicles that are delivered before the end of 2018 are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit that will begin to expire in 2019. 

“Reminder to US buyers that the $7500 tax credit cuts in half in 5 days! Order online at http://Tesla.com  to see if there is any inventory left in your region or visit Tesla stores,” Musk said.

Read more: I tried Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot feature to see if it lives up to the hype — here’s the verdict

The US government gives a tax credit ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 to people who buy electric vehicles, depending on the vehicle’s size and battery capacity. As Tesla wrote in an annual report filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in February, its customers get the full $7,500.

Two calendar quarters after a company sells 200,000 electric vehicles in the US, the tax credit begins to phase out. Tesla confirmed to Business Insider in July that it had passed the 200,000-vehicle threshold. It was the first company to have its credits phased out.

Tesla customers who take delivery between January 1 and June 30, 2019, will receive a $3,750 tax credit and those who take delivery between July 1 and December 31, 2019, will receive $1,875. Customers who take delivery beginning in 2020 will not receive a federal tax credit.

Musk said on Saturday that Tesla would reimburse customers for the lost portion of the tax credit if they were told they would receive their vehicles by the end of 2018 and delivery is delayed until 2019.

“If Tesla committed delivery & customer made good faith efforts to receive before year end, Tesla will cover the tax credit difference,” he said.

Have a Tesla news tip? Contact this reporter at mmatousek@businessinsider.com.

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OTTAWA — Major companies and government partners are lending their support to Carleton University’s newly established Women in Engineering and Information Technology Program.

The list of supporters includes Mississauga-based construction company EllisDon.

The latest to announce their support for the program also include BlackBerry QNX, CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority), Ericsson, Nokia, Solace, Trend Micro, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CGI, Gastops, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin Canada, Amdocs and Ross.

The program is officially set to launch this September.

It is being led by Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design with the goal of establishing meaningful partnerships in support of women in STEM.  

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The Government of Alberta has awarded $1 million, and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is contributing an additional $2 million for the simulator development. Commercial deployment is estimated to begin in 2024, with the simulator to be made available across Canada and the United States, and with the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) helping to provide simulator tests to certify that driver trainees have attained the appropriate standard. West Tech Report recently took the opportunity to chat with Serious Labs CEO, Jim Colvin, about the environmental and labour benefits of VR Driver Training, as well as the unique way that Colvin went from angel investor to CEO of the company.

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Nanotechnology firm ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (TSX-Venture:ZEN) (OTCPK:ZENYF), is working to develop technology to help detect the COVID-19 virus and its variants. The firm signed an exclusive agreement with McMaster University to be the global commercializing partner for a newly developed aptamer-based, SARS-CoV-2 rapid detection technology.

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