Owners of the Tesla Model S in Germany deprived of the benefits

Munro & Associates Tesla Model 3 teardown points to strong gross margin

Germany's Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control said 1,050 owners of a Tesla Model S will be forced to forgo a 2,000 euro electric auto subsidy because the value of their vehicles had surpassed an eligibility threshold.

In 2017, the access to a new €4,000 EV incentive was initially denied to Tesla buyers in the country because the negotiations between the German government and the country's auto industry resulted in a cap on EVs with a starting price of less than €60,000.

About 800 drivers who bought their cars before March 6 and have received the so-called "environmental bonus" will have to return it, Germany's Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control said Tuesday in a statement. BAFA said it tried to negotiate the matter with Telsa over the past few months but failed to agree on a deal.

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Specifically, the final Tesla Model 3 teardown report by Munro & Associates has revealed a gross margin of more than 30 percent for the vehicle, on the lines of the projections voiced repeatedly by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.

The vehicle maker said it was appealing against the decision and would pay the bonus to its clients in place of the German state until the issue was resolved. Additionally, it will cover any affected customer's refund cost until the situation is settled.

"The arbitrary decision to temporarily remove Tesla from the list of vehicles eligible for the Environmental Bonus (Umweltbonus) was unjustified, contrary to the stated goals of the program, and unfair to our customers", a Tesla spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

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