Clean Car Discount next step in NZ emissions reduction


The Clean Car Discount scheme aims to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted from the exhausts of light vehicles.

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The Clean Car Discount scheme aims to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted from the exhausts of light vehicles.

Buying a new vehicle? It’s now possible to earn a significant discount on the car’s purchase price, while helping to lower New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The Clean Car Discount scheme, introduced by the Government on July 1, has a single aim– to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted from the exhausts of our country’s light vehicles.

The scheme makes it more affordable to buy either electric vehicles (EVs), which have no exhaust emissions, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) which have very low emissions.

The Clean Car Discount applies to new or imported used vehicles registered for the first time in New Zealand, and it offers four levels of rebates on their purchase prices.

Research suggests the biggest consumer barrier to purchasing an EV is the upfront cost.

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Research suggests the biggest consumer barrier to purchasing an EV is the upfront cost.

A new EV attracts a rebate of $8625, while a used import EV qualifies for a rebate of $3450. A new PHEV gets a rebate of $5750 and a used import PHEV’s rebate is $2300.

It’s a three-step process to get a rebate. Once a vehicle that qualifies for the discount is purchased, the person the vehicle is registered to then applies online to our country’s transport agency Waka Kotahi for the rebate, providing details of the sale agreement, the car’s license plate number, and a bank account number. Waka Kotahi will then transfer the rebate to the bank account.

Some vehicles don’t qualify for the discount, those costing more than $80,000 (including GST and on-road charges) and vehicles with a safety rating of less than three stars on the Rightcar website.

New Zealand has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, with a goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.

To reach that 2050 goal, by the end of this decade more than half of all New Zealand’s monthly vehicle registrations will need to be electric.

New Zealand has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

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New Zealand has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

New Zealand’s transport system generates 47 percent of the country’s carbon emissions, and 21 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Transport emissions have been rising faster than any other sector, almost doubling in the past 30 years.

The Clean Car Discount aims to help reverse this trend by offering the rebates on the purchase prices of electric or low-emission vehicles to make them more affordable.

Latest research by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority has identified that the biggest consumer barrier to purchasing an EV is the upfront cost.

Rebates will be available until 31 December 2021, after which the full Clean Car Discount scheme will take effect, subject to the necessary legislation being passed.

From 2022 it’s proposed that the scheme will involve rebates and fees for imported new and used vehicles, based on their CO2 emission ratings – the higher the ratings the higher the fees, the lower the emission ratings the greater the rebates.

Learn more about the Clean Car Discount or to apply for a rebate visit www.nzta.govt.nz



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