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Engine definition changes from 1 July 2017

Engine definition changes in the Motor Vehicle Register

New engine type definitions took effect on 1 July 2017 allowing for all types of electric-powered vehicles to be clearly and correctly identified in the Motor Vehicle Register (MVR).

Having accurate information on different types of electric vehicles will ensure the MVR is a trusted source of data for applying exemptions and incentives, such as road user charges and special vehicle lane use. 

What are the new engine definitions?

The new engine types are:

 

Engine type

Definition

01

Petrol

 

02

Diesel

 

03

CNG

 

04

LPG

 

05

Electric

Electric motor/s only.  The batteries are charged from an external source

06

Other

 

07

Petrol Hybrid

Propelled by either a petrol or diesel motor or an electric motor. No external source of charging for the battery.

08

Diesel Hybrid

09

Petrol Electric Hybrid

Propelled by an electric motor where the battery is charged from an onboard petrol or diesel generator BUT no external source of electricity to charge the battery.

10

Diesel electric Hybrid

11

Plug-in petrol hybrid

Propelled by either a petrol or diesel motor and electric motor.  The batteries can be externally charged.

12

Plug-in diesel hybrid

13

Electric – petrol extended

Propelled by an electric motor where the battery is charged from an onboard petrol or diesel generator and an external source of electricity

14

Electric – diesel extended

15

Electric hydrogen fuel cell

Propelled by electric motor/s.  Electricity is sourced from a hydrogen fuel cell (not batteries)

16

Electric other fuel cell

Propelled by electric motor/s.  Electricity is sourced from a fuel cell other than hydrogen (not batteries)

Where can I find out more?

Find out more about the ACC levies paid as part of your vehicle licensing fee:

If you have any questions about motor vehicle levies, you can call ACC on 0800 222 776, Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm.

If you have any questions about the changes we’ve made to the MVR, you can call us on 0800 108 809, Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.

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