Your Car Could Cost Up to $17,000 More With the Proposed Border Tax in addition to Kenliles link, there are further factors also to consider. Border tax labour adjustment, also reduces the cost of vehicles, so an exporter is further advantaged vs an non exporter/non importer. Tesla has perhaps 14,000 employees currently and exports about half of production (currently 40%) The effect of netting out the cost of 40% of 14,000 employees will be quite significant. This is THE big issue, not much talk about it, but for an exporter like Tesla it is a massive boost. Depending on how confident the market is that this will happen, will affect Tesla's ability to raise money for expansion beyond T3. If there is strong confidence that the administration has the support to implement a 'border tax' of some form, then Tesla can ramp up funding for T3 SUV, which given both global and USA car tastes, is the real deal. German Tesla competitors (like S class) are built in a place with a 20% VAT, and a 10% tariff. America has nil VAT, and a 2.5% tariff. Just equalizing that results in a benefit to Tesla of greater than $10,000 per car, perhaps greater than $20,000 per car. This would result in massive growth benefits for Tesla.