Clean Car Programme overview

The Clean Car Standard and the Clean Car Discount form the central pillars of a range of government initiatives to tackle transport sector CO2 emission levels and help address climate change.

The Government is accelerating the response to climate change to achieve a carbon neutral target for New Zealand by 2050. The Clean Car Discount aims to help bring down transport emissions by making the purchase of zero and low-CO2 emission vehicles more affordable.

The Clean Car Standard is different from the Clean Car Discount. The Clean Car Standard is for importers and aims to increase the supply of low or no emission vehicles whereas the Clean Car Discount is for car buyers and aims to increase demand for low or no emission vehicles. The Clean Car Discount is based on CO2 emissions. Vehicles first registered in New Zealand with zero or low emissions may be eligible for a rebate and those with high emissions may incur a fee.