EV Incentives

Government position on EVs

If more people drove EVs, NZ would be cleaner, greener and better off financially. That’s why the government has set up some targets and initiatives to encourage Kiwis to consider buying an EV for their next car.

Electric Vehicles Programme

From 5 May 2016, the Electric Vehicles Programme:

  • Aims to double the number of electric vehicles in New Zealand every year to reach about 64,000 by 2021
  • Extends the Road User Charges exemption on light electric vehicles until they make up two percent of the light vehicle fleet
  • Offers new Road User Charges exemption for heavy electric vehicles until they make up two percent of the heavy vehicle fleet
  • Will work across Government and the private sector to look into bulk-buying electric vehicles
  • Co-ordinates the activities of Government agencies to support the development and roll-out of public charging infrastructure, information and guidance.
  • Has allocated $1 million annually for a nation-wide electric vehicle information and promotion campaign over five years
  • Includes a contestable fund of up to $6 million per year to encourage and support innovative low emission vehicle projects
  • May in future allow electric vehicles in bus lanes and high-occupancy vehicle lanes on the State Highway network and local roads
  • Will review tax depreciation rates and the method for calculating fringe benefit tax for electric vehicles to ensure electric vehicles are not being unfairly disadvantaged
  • Will establish an electric vehicles leadership group across business, local and central government

For more information on the government’s programme, click here.

Low Emissions Vehicle Contestable Fund

In August 2016, the Government’s announced a low emissions vehicle contestable fund. This is available to projects that can showcase the potential of EVs to the rest of New Zealand.

Part of the government’s electric vehicles programme, the fund is aimed at promoting EVs and making the most of New Zealand’s renewable electricity advantage.  If you have a great project that just needs some funding, click here to learn more about how to apply.

Drive Electric – doing our bit

DE was set up in 2012 to encourage people to consider buying an EV as their next car. A big part of that is simply about sharing information, but we’re also involved in a few other projects too.

Awareness, agreement and action

In 2014 we hosted a Ministerial Round Table with wide participation from industry. This gathering recognised the need for society to change its motoring habits, and agreed to collaborate in consumer education and promotion of a common goal – more EVs on the road.

Following this meeting, DE will work collaboratively with executives from automotive and electricity industries and their government counterparts to create a roadmap with shared goals to the Government Stimulus Package. This roadmap will provide initiatives and clear steps to get us there.

Motorsport with a difference

Innovation in automotive technology has usually been driven by motorsport, and that’s why Drive Electric established EVolocity – a programme to encourage schools, universities and businesses to design, build and race EVs.

Ruapuna Motorsport Park in Christchurch was the site of the first EVolocity event in 2014, with more to follow. In 2015, Drive Electric sold EVolocity Ltd to Rob McEwen, former DE Excutive Director and now a Life Member.

PlugIn – electric mobility awareness

The biggest job in establishing more electric driving is in education and awareness. PlugIn is an online programme offering useful information, education and calculators.

The programme is also part of live events such as test-drives and races, so EV technology can be experienced up close and first hand.

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