Submitted by effdeevee on January 5, 2018
As we know, Tesla will reach the 200,000 limit on the federal rebate sometime this year, perhaps even by June. By allocating early Model 3 production to existing Tesla owners, the benefit of the remaining federal tax rebates a) goes to the wealthy (or they would not already own a Tesla) who will then also be double-dipping (or even triple-dipping) on the tax rebate and b) prevents people who would perhaps not be able to afford a Tesla from gaining access to the rebate. Tesla is effectively keeping the remaining tax rebates in the hands of the rich elite. But that's the way this country works, I guess - the benefits go overwhelmingly to the wealthy and Regular Joe gets screwed.
And no, being an "early adopter" is not a special tax status!