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Eligibility criteria for vehicles first registered between 1 July 2021 and 31 March 2022

Vehicle requirements

A rebate is payable for a light electric vehicle (see definition) only if the following criteria have been met (eligibility criteria).

  1. The light electric vehicle must be one of the following:
    1. A new imported light battery electric vehicle (EV); or
    2. A used imported light battery electric vehicle (EV); or
    3. A new imported light plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV); or
    4. A used imported light plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

Note: petrol hybrids (hybrids whose motive power is not derived, wholly or partly, from electricity) do not qualify for a rebate at this time.

  1. The vehicle must be registered for the first time in New Zealand between 1 July 2021 and 31 March 2022.
  2. The vehicle must have a safety rating of 3 stars or more on the Rightcar website at the time of registration:
    www.rightcar.govt.nz(external link)
  3. The vehicle must have been purchased for less than $80,000 (New Zealand dollars), including GST and on-road costs (the purchase price).

Note that a trade-in can be associated with the vehicle purchase, but this is considered to be a form of payment towards the vehicle, rather than a reduction in the vehicle price.

Registered person requirements

  1. The rebate is payable only to the first person registered to the vehicle (regardless of ownership), unless the first person registered is a:
    1. registered motor vehicle trader – in which case clause 6 applies; or
    2. lessee of the vehicle – in which case clauses 7 and 8 apply.

Registered motor vehicle traders (dealers) as the first registered person

  1. A registered motor vehicle trader who is the first registered person of the vehicle is not eligible to receive a rebate unless they:
    1. own the relevant vehicle: and
    2. do not sell, and do not offer to sell, the vehicle to another person within 3 months of first registration; and
    3. the vehicle is being used as one of the following:
      1. a company vehicle; or
      2. a demonstration vehicle; or
      3. a courtesy vehicle; and
    4. all other criteria for receiving a rebate are satisfied, including complying with all requirements in the Clean Car rebate application form and providing the required supporting documentation.

When lessee is first registered person

  1. A lessee who is the first registered person of the vehicle is not eligible to receive a rebate.
  2. A lessor is eligible to receive a rebate when they are not the person registered to the relevant vehicle if:
    1. the lessor owns the relevant vehicle; and
    2. there is a lease agreement between the lessor and the lessee for the vehicle; and
    3. the first registered person to the vehicle is the lessee; and
    4. all other criteria for receiving a rebate are satisfied, including complying with all requirements in the Clean Car rebate application form and providing the required supporting documentation.   

Applications

  1. Rebate applications for vehicles registered between 1 July 2021 and 31 March 2022 that meet the eligibility criteria will be accepted until 31 May 2022 (if funding permits).
  2. To apply, you must complete the online application form (including reading and agreeing to the terms and conditions) and provide the required supporting documentation.

Funding restrictions

  1. If rebate funds are exhausted at any given time, no rebate will be paid. Once the scheme restarts, only vehicles registered from the restart date that meet the eligibility requirements will qualify for a rebate.

Rebates available

  1. There are four rebates available, based on the light electric vehicle type and whether it is a used or new vehicle:

1 July 2021–31 March 2022

Business and individuals
(GST incl)

Public authorities
(GST excl)

New vehicle

Used import

New vehicle

Used import

EV

$8625

$3450

$7500

$3000

PHEV

$5750

$2300

$5000

$2000

Note: GST is included in rebates, except for public authorities, which cannot claim the GST.

Definitions

Battery electric vehicle or EV means a vehicle with motive power wholly derived from an external source of electricity.

Company vehicle means the vehicle is to be used by staff members of the registered motor vehicle trader for the primary purpose of carrying out their work.

Courtesy vehicle means a vehicle that is used for the primary purpose of being provided to customers while their vehicle is temporarily unavailable.

Demonstration vehicle means a vehicle that is used by staff members of the registered motor vehicle trader for the primary purpose of demonstrating the vehicle to potential customers.   

Lessee means a person who is leasing a vehicle from a lessor.

Lessor means a person who is recorded as a leasing company in the motor vehicle register.

Light electric vehicle

  1. means a vehicle:
    1. classified as MA, MB, MC, MD1, MD2 or NA in Table A in Part 2 of the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002 that is required by that rule to be certified for entry into service, other than an excluded vehicle; and
    2. with a gross vehicle mass of no more than 3500 kilograms; and
    3. with motive power wholly or partly derived from an external source of electricity.
  2. Excluded vehicle means:
    1. a special interest vehicle as defined in Part 2 of the Land Transport Rule: Frontal Impact 2001;
    2. a vehicle manufactured 40 years or more before the date on which it was certified for entry into service in New Zealand
    3. a motor sport vehicle as defined in Part 2 of the Land Transport Rule: Frontal Impact 2001
    4. a vehicle specified in paragraph (a) of the definition of low volume vehicle in Part 2 of the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002 that is certified in accordance with the Low Volume Vehicle Code.

    New, in relation to a vehicle, has the meaning given in section 172(1) of the Land Transport Act 1998.

    Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle or PHEV means a vehicle with motive power partly derived from an external source of electricity.

    Registered, in relation to a vehicle, means registered under Part 17 of the Land Transport Act 1998.

    Registered motor vehicle trader or dealer means a person registered as a motor vehicle trader under the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003.

    Used, in relation to a vehicle, has the meaning given in section 172(1) of the Land Transport Act 1998.