Over at, makes a great point about most of the automakers offering plug-in vehicles. When you look at much of their promotional material, the price that you see promoted most of the time is the so-called net-price, that is the price after subtracting the $7,500 federal tax credit.
The problem is that isn't the price you'll pay if you go to a dealer and try to buy aLeaf, Volt or Model S. You have to pay the full retail price and then if you qualify, you'll get the tax credit sometime in 2013 after filing your federal tax return.
Tesla is particularly egregious in this regard because they promote the Model S as costing just $49,900 while also promoting a 300 mile electric driving range. The problem is the 300 mile range is only available in the top of the line Model S which costs $20,000 more (plus the $7,500 that you get back later). The base $57,400 model only has a nominal range of about 160 mile and it won't be available until at least the end of the year.
There should be truth in pricing for EVs.
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