Theoretically, yes, you could delay putting it in service until after 1/1. The challenge will be if it is not a base standard model 3 it won't qualify - the higher trims exceed the $55,000 cap for cars. Also, I've read the battery cells for the model 3s come from China, so maybe no Half Credit there either. I'd say the odds are stacked against you.Already seeing some effects of the Inflation Act signing. 2022 ID.4s sitting on dealer lots in larger numbers. And Tesla model 3s available for order as early as October 2022. I see a lot more cancellations of Tesla's and German ID.4s because they are directly affected by the new tax bill. Should be interesting how large inventory of ID.4s get before end of year and how quickly you can take order on a Tesla.
If you order a Tesla Model 3 in Dec. 2022... can you refuse to pick it up until January 1st and sign the paperwork then to get the possible $3750 or $7500 off?