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Clean Car Discount eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria for the Clean Car Discount from 1 July to 31 December 2021.

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 vehicle must be one of the following:
    1. A new imported light battery electric vehicle (BEV); or
    2. A used imported light battery electric vehicle (BEV); 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 and 31 December 2021.
  2. The vehicle must have a safety rating of 3 stars or more on the Rightcar website:
    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).
  4. 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. rebate is payable only to the first person registered to the vehicle, unless they are a:
    a. registered motor vehicle trader – in which case clause 9 applies; or
    b. lessee of the vehicle – in which case clauses 7 and 8 apply.

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 Discount application form and providing the required supporting documentation.   

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 Discount application form and providing the required supporting documentation.

Applications

  1. Rebate applications for vehicles registered between 1 July and 31 December 2021 that meet the eligibility criteria will be accepted until 28 February 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, due to demand, rebate funds are exhausted, 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–31 December 2021 Business and individuals
(GST incl)
Public authorities (councils and government agencies)
(GST excl)
New vehicle Used import New vehicle Used import
BEV $8625 $3450 $7500 $3000
PHEV $5750 $2300 $5000 $2000

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

Definition

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.   

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

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

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

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

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

Light electric vehicle:

  1. means a vehicle:
    1. classified as MA, MB, MC, MD1, MD2 or NA under Part 2 of Table A of the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002; 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. To provide further clarity, the following cannot be light electric vehicles:
    1. a moped within the meaning given in section 2(1) of the Land Transport Act 1998;
    2. a motorcycle within the meaning of section 2(1) of the Land Transport Act 1998;
    3. a motor tricycle;
    4. a power assisted cycle within the meaning of clause 1.6 of the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004;
    5. a special interest vehicle within the meaning given in Part 2 of the Land Transport Rule: Frontal Impact 2001;
    6. a veteran motor vehicle within the meaning given in Regulation 3 of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2011;
    7. a vintage motor vehicle within the meaning given in Regulation 3 of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2011;
    8. all heavy vehicles (being vehicles with a gross vehicle mass of more than 3500 kilograms); and
    9. any other vehicle not classified under Part 2 of Table A of the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002.