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Clean Car Discount overview

Go a little green, get a lot back

Whether you choose a zero or low emission vehicle, you’re doing your part to help reduce New Zealand's CO2 levels, while going easy on your bank account with the Clean Car Discount.

The Clean Car Discount will help New Zealand achieve its goal to be carbon neutral by making low emission vehicles more affordable.

Climate change is impacting our planet and while New Zealand is a small emitter by global standards, our per person greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are amongst the highest in the developed world. We’ve committed to reducing GHG emissions to net zero by 2050 to pull our weight in the global challenge to reduce emissions. Land transport is part of the problem – it accounts for about 47% of GHG emissions, 90% of which are from road transport. Light vehicles account for two-thirds of road transport emissions and are the fastest growing source.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas contributing to climate change. Combustion of fuel in your vehicle’s engine emits CO2 – so the more fuel efficient your vehicle, the less CO2 it will produce.

This type of change will take time so we must start now if we are to meet our 2050 target of net zero carbon emissions. 

Clean Car questions and answers

Guide for Motor Vehicle Traders [PDF, 3.1 MB]

What does this mean for your next car purchase?

The Clean Car Discount consists of rebates and fees based on CO2 emissions for new and used eligible vehicles the first time they are registered in New Zealand. The higher the CO2 emissions, the greater the fee in recognition of the increased environmental and economic costs they are imposing. Buyers choosing zero or low-emission vehicles may be eligible for a rebate. The lower the emissions the greater the rebate. Vehicles with moderate emissions will not incur a fee or be eligible for a rebate. 

View larger image - Clean Car rebates and fees [PDF, 435 KB]

The amount of rebate payable

Vehicle carbon emissions* (grams per kilometre) Used vehicle rebates (excluding GST) New vehicle rebates (excluding GST)
0 (zero emissions)  $3000  $7500 
1 to 56  $2000  $5000 
57 to 146  $3000 less (emissions x $20 x 130/145)  $7500 less (emissions x $50 x 130/145) 

Note: All figures are exclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST). Final amount of rebate paid will however include GST, except for public authorities, which cannot claim the GST.

*The CO2 emissions of the vehicle must be calculated in accordance with the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Efficiency and Emissions Data 2022. 

Find the indicative rebate for a specific CO2 emission amount for a vehicle on the Rightcar website(external link)

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To apply for a rebate, you'll need a copy of the vehicle offer and sale agreement, proof of the registered person's bank account and the GST number if the vehicle is being used for business purposes.

Apply for a rebate(external link)

Eligibility criteria for vehicles first registered from 1 April 2022

Fees for high emission vehicles

Fees for high emission vehicles are paid at the time the vehicle is first registered in New Zealand. The fees payable are provided for under the Land Transport (Clean Vehicle Discount Scheme Charges) Regulations 2022 (which also lists which vehicles are excluded).

Land Transport (Clean Vehicle Discount Scheme Charges) Regulations 2022(external link)

Find out more on how to register your vehicle

Fee amounts from 1 April

Vehicle carbon emissions* (grams per kilometre)

Used vehicle fees (excluding GST)

New vehicle fees (excluding GST)

192 or more

(emissions* - 186) x $37.50

Capped at $2500

(emissions* - 186) x $50

Capped at $4500.

Note: figures above are exclusive of GST. The fee (including applicable GST) must be paid to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles at the same time as the person pays for the registration of the vehicle.

*The CO2 emissions of the vehicle must be calculated in accordance with the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Efficiency and Emissions Data 2022. 

Find the indicative fee for a specific CO2 emission amount for a vehicle on the Rightcar website(external link)

Easy ways to compare vehicles for CO2 emissions, rebates and fees

Many cars are available with a variety of emission levels that could impact whether you pay a fee or get a rebate. It makes sense to do some research to find a vehicle that fits your needs with the lowest emissions to reduce your impact to the environment and your bank balance.

Look for the new Emissions and Energy Economy Label on vehicles for sale. It shows a vehicle’s CO2 emissions and whether it is eligible for a rebate or fee.

Find out more about the different fuel types and the new fuel economy label on the Gen less website(external link)

Clean Car questions and answers

Dealer information

When dealers qualify for a rebate

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

A declaration is required stating that the vehicle is not for on selling within three months of first registration (ie, it is for business purposes).

Guide for Motor Vehicle Traders [PDF, 3.1 MB]

Motor vehicle trader statutory declaration for rebates form [PDF, 248 KB]

Motor vehicle trader statutory declaration for rebates form for multiple vehicles [PDF, 278 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 to the vehicle, and that the lessee is the first registered person of 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]