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Old 08-14-2019, 12:53 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by samwichse View Post
I always thought this would have been better structured as "the first manufacturer to hit whatever unit limit, the subsidies go down for everyone," and then again, and again.

The way it's laid out now, the manufacturers that drug their feet with compliance cars will be rewarded by jumping in later when making EVs is cheaper and still get all the subsidies the first movers got. The other way, if the manufacturers wanted to sell the largest number of subsidized vehicles they could, they would have had to jump in as early as possible.
This is also ironically the way mining and drilling for fossil fuels works. Oil left in the ground becomes more and more valuable as time goes on. If there is a such thing as peak oil OPEC is killing themselves actually producing while the US and Canada just sit on huge reserves that electric cars or not will be tapped at some point.
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