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Clean Car Discount overview

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.

The Clean Car Discount will apply only to new and used vehicles registered in New Zealand for the first time.

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).

Rightcar website(external link)

For electric vehicles first registered between 1 July 2021 and 31 March 2022, a rebate will apply:

1 July 2021–31 March 2022 (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.

Clean Car Discount factsheet [PDF, 758 KB]

Dealer information

Claiming a rebate after registration

Providing the vehicle has not been delivered or the registered person has taken possession of it, an Application to reverse registration (form MR2D) can be submitted to enable the registered person to claim a rebate. The criteria that must be met and the documentation that must accompany the MR2D application is outlined in the

Car dealers factsheet [PDF, 530 KB]

A refund will be paid to the dealer once the application has been accepted. These fees will be deducted from the refund: a handling fee of $57.50 (plus GST) and an administration fee from the licence portion of the original transaction ($6.26 plus GST). Because the plate(s) and label are not reusable, the fees for those will also deducted.

When dealers qualify for a rebate

Registered motor vehicle dealers who want to purchase a vehicle for business use, such as a company vehicle, or demo or courtesy car for customers, are eligible for a rebate if the vehicle is registered after 1 July 2021.

A declaration is required stating that the vehicle is not for on-selling (ie, it is for business purposes or individual use).

Motor vehicle trader statutory declaration for rebates form [PDF, 88 KB]

Rebates for lease vehicles

A lessor may be eligible to receive a rebate when they are not the person registered to the vehicle if they meet the eligibility criteria, which requires, among other things, that the lessor owns the vehicle, that there is a lease agreement between the lessor and the lessee in relation the vehicle, and that the lessee is the first registered person to the vehicle.

The lessor will need to provide the Acknowledgement of lease agreement form provided below, which needs to be filled out by both the lessee and lessor.

Waka Kotahi will email the lessor the registration certificate and the lease company can then apply for the rebate and upload the lessee acknowledgement form.

Acknowledgment of lease agreement form [PDF, 129 KB]
Guide for lease companies [PDF, 743 KB]

Clean Car Discount from 1 April 2022

Subject to legislation being passed, the Clean Car Discount will consist of rebates and fees for imported new and used vehicles based on CO2 emission ratings from 2022.

Buyers purchasing high CO2 emission vehicles will pay a higher price in recognition of the increased environmental and economic costs they are imposing. The higher the CO2 rating the greater the fee. Buyers choosing zero or low-emission vehicles will receive a rebate, the lower the emissions the greater the rebate.

The Clean Car Discount is intended to be cost neutral with fees charged offsetting discounts given.

EECA has provided a guide to buying an EV.

EV buyer’s guide(external link)

The scheme will be regulated and administered by Waka Kotahi. Further details will be provided later this year.

Clean Car questions and answers(external link)