There’s a chance European-made EVs might soon qualify for U.S. tax credits, Dodge will sell you a Challenger in every color at the same time, Jaguar gets a bit vintage. All this and more in today’s issue of The Morning Dump.
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European EVs Might Get Tax Credits
While the Inflation Reduction Act contains some fairly strict rules regarding which EVs can qualify for tax credits, there’s a chance that amendments may be made. Reuters expects European Union and U.S. officials to find a way to grant tax credits to EU-produced electric vehicles.
European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, responsible for trade, is holding talks on Thursday and Friday with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on the issue.
“Last month Tesla model Y was the most sold car in Germany,” Dombrovskis told a news briefing.
“That would not have been possible without the un-discriminatory EU subsidy, while EU electric cars do not get a similar subsidy in the U.S., which is discrimination that we want to address,” Dombrovskis said.
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, asked if the issue could be resolved, told reporters she expected the EU and U.S. would reach agreement.
“On the strength of the EU-U.S. relationship, I have every confidence we will work through this,” she said after a meeting with Dombrovskis.
Currently, new electric vehicles are only eligible for a federal tax credit if they’re made in North America, with a requirement to source batteries from so-called friendly countries kicking in soon. Should the act be amended so that EVs built in the EU qualify, consumers would likely see more tax credit-eligible options in the marketplace.
Dodge’s Amazing Technicolor Challenger
Fancy grabbing a new Dodge Challenger while you still can but can’t decide on a color? How about all of them, all at once? Yes, Dodge has partnered with graphics and wrap company CG Detroit to create a wrap that includes all 14 current Challenger colors. It’s printed on 3M material, has a retail price of $3,700 before installation, and is offered for both standard and widebody Challenger models.
Instead of going panel-by-panel Harlequin style, this wrap features 14 vertically-oriented circumferential stripes that make the Challenger look a bit like a fancy popsicle. While it’s not a cheap proposition, and professional installation could send all-in cost beyond $5,000, it’s brilliantly unique.
The wrap can now be ordered on Dodge’s Dodge Garage website. While this very distinctive wrap won’t be offered for the Charger sedan, dedicated color-crazy Challenger fans are likely to get a kick out of this special offering.
Stellantis Cuts Third Shift At Warren Truck Assembly Plant
As the new car shortage drags on, employment reduction continues. Automotive News reports that Stellantis is cutting a third shift at its Warren Truck Assembly plant that builds the Jeep Wagoneer and Ram 1500 Classic.
The automaker said no permanent employees would be laid off as a result of the cutback, which it called an effort to “improve production efficiency” amid the ongoing industrywide microchip shortage.
Supplemental workers will see their hours cut, but “there are no layoffs associated with this action,” a company spokesperson said.
“All full-time third-shift seniority employees will be redeployed to the other shifts,” the company said in a statement. Stellantis said it notified the Michigan Department of Labor and the UAW about the cutback on Wednesday.
It’s interesting to hear that third-shift employees with seniority will be redeployed, but what about third-shift employees without seniority? Cutting hours of supplemental employees will likely make it harder for these employees to put food on the table, especially given the high inflation of the moment.
Jaguar’s Reborn C-Type Gets A Special Edition
Jaguar’s been in the business of continuation cars for a few years now, brand new versions of expensive old sports cars meant for collecting and FIA historic racing. The British brand just unveiled a new version of its C-Type Continuation and it’s one pretty car.
Called the 70-Edition, these continuation cars mark 70 years since the C-Type’s prime on the racing circuit. In fact, the second one pays tribute to the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning C-Type driven by Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton, with a brilliant British Racing Green on green leather color scheme. The first one is a little bit more boring, finished in a one-off combination of silver over cranberry leather in honor of the C-Type’s platinum anniversary.
Most intriguingly, the key housings and dashboard plaques on the C-Type Continuation 70-Edition are made from bits of an original Jaguar C-Type, namely its fuel tank. Jeweler Deakin & Francis is in charge of turning this old car part into, um, new car parts for brand new old cars, and if that isn’t a head-spinning sentence, I don’t know what is.
Jaguar says these new 70-Edition C-Types will cost 1.5 million pounds each, or about $1.69 (nice) million dollars at the time of writing. That’s a lot for a car that’s really only meant for racing and collecting, although it’s not surprising given the 3,000 hours of labor that go into making every C-Type Continuation car.
Whelp, time to drop the lid on today’s edition of The Morning Dump. Happy Friday, everyone! The weekend is upon us, which means it’s almost time to do fun car stuff. Since it’s been a while since I’ve asked, what are your automotive plans this weekend? I’ll likely just be giving my 325i a wash and doing a bit of carspotting. I saw someone driving an old second-generation Mercury Sable wagon the other week, a total blast from the past as those have almost all dissolved into iron oxide or been turned into Frigidaires by now. There’s a certain joy in seeing something completely mundane yet immaculately preserved out doing the weekly shopping.
Lead photo credit: Audi