EV Incentives

Clean Car Discount

From the 1st July 2021, a Clean Car Discount (CCD) will become available to those purchasing an electric vehicle and registering it for the first time in New Zealand.  

The Clean Car Discount aims to reduce CO2 emissions of light vehicles in New Zealand. Its objective is to make it more affordable to buy low CO2 emission options by making their cost more comparable to petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles.

Vehicles with a purchase price of $80,000 or more (including GST and on-road costs) and those with less than a 3-star safety rating (as published on the Rightcar website) will not be eligible for a discount (rebate).

For electric vehicles first registered between 1 July and 31 December 2021, a rebate will apply:

1 July–31 December 2021 (GST incl)

New vehicle Used import
Battery electric vehicle (zero emission) $8625 $3450
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (low emission) $5750 $2300

Note: for public authorities, rebate payments will be less GST.

Further Details on the Clean Car Discount

  • Waka Kotahi is administering the Clean Car scheme and will issue rebates and collect fees directly with the vehicle purchaser, not vehicle dealers.
  • Waka Kotahi will issue rebates for eligible electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles first registered on or after 1 July 2021. Vehicles ordered or bought prior to July can still receive a rebate if buyers delay registering the vehicle to 1st July.
  • In 2022, a set of smaller rebates will be added for vehicles that cannot be plugged in, where they fit within a low CO2 emissions limit.
  • To receive the rebate, buyers of an eligible car will be able to visit Waka Kotahi online at www.nzta.govt.nz/cleancar
  • Owners will be asked to supply their bank account number and matching proof of vehicle ownership. 
  • All figures quoted include GST.
  • Vehicles with less than a three-star safety rating as listed on the RightCar website are not eligible for the Clean Car Discount (www.rightcar.govt.nz).
  • Clean Car Discounts are not available for vehicles with a purchase price (including on-road costs) of $80,000 including GST or higher.
  • A sliding scale of Clean Car fees on high emission vehicles will apply from 1 January 2022. The fee is payable by the vehicle purchaser to Waka Kotahi when the vehicle is first registered.
  • Each year the level of rebates and fees may be adjusted to ensure the scheme is self-funding.
  • Vehicles which have an emissions rating in the middle of the emissions target range will not attract a fee or be eligible for a rebate.
  • From 2022, car dealers will be required to clearly display CO2 emissions and fee/rebate information on vehicles for sale and online so buyers can make informed purchasing decisions.
  • The Clean Car Discount supplements the Clean Car Standard which was announced in January 2021. The Standard will require vehicle suppliers to import more fuel-efficient vehicles every year, starting in 2022.
  • Businesses will include the discount or fee when calculating Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) and depreciation for vehicles they buy. This change will make buying an electric vehicle even more attractive to businesses. 
  • Further information can be found at: www.nzta.govt.nz/cleancar
  • The Government has published an Electric Vehicle Buyers Guide at https://genless.govt.nz/assets/Individuals-Resources/EV-Buyers-Guide.pdf

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