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Government Clean Car Discounts

Get cash back when you buy an electric car

The New Zealand Government announced on 13 June 2021 that new measures would be brought into place to help meet the goal of NZ being carbon neutral by 2050, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, like carbon dioxide (CO₂), to 30% below their 2005 levels by 2030.

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Tackling the issue

Around half of New Zealand's CO2 emissions come from transport, and two-thirds of those are caused by 'light' vehicles, like cars, SUVs, vans, utes and trucks weighing under 3.5 tonnes.


The Clean Car Discount makes it cheaper for Kiwis to switch to Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) that cost under $80,000 (inc. GST & on-road costs) and have a minimum of a 3-star safety rating from Rightcar. Any imported new or used light battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles registered between 1 July and 31 March 2022 are eligible for a discount from Waka Kotahi Transport Authority (in the form of a rebate).


Toyota has been working on electric vehicle technology for over two decades and our Prius Prime PHEV is eligible for the government rebate.

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Reducing CO₂ emissions

Toyota supports the government's desire to lower emissions, and is continually developing new low-emitting engines as the best way to reduce emissions overall and meet the needs of Kiwi commuters.


We believe that plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles are a great first step to reducing emissions.


And with over 80% of New Zealand's electricity generation coming from renewable sources, we're well placed to power our electric vehicles in a more sustainable way.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) rebate

PHEVs are mainly powered by their electric motor, but also have an internal combustion engine that can support it if the battery starts running low on charge. This significantly reduces their running costs and makes them good choices for people who commonly make journeys of 50km* or more.


The rebate for a PHEV from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022** is $5,750 for a new vehicle and $2,300 for a used import.


Once the vehicle is registered and allocated a number plate, the rebate can be claimed from the Waka Kotahi Transport Authority.


*Fuel Consumption figures are tested under controlled conditions and are provided for comparison purposes, actual results will vary according to vehicle usage and operating conditions.

**This information is correct as of October 2021 and is subject to change.

Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) rebate

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) are solely powered by an electric battery. This means they don’t produce emissions while driving.


The rebate for a BEV from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022* is $8,625 for a new vehicle and $3,450 for a used import.


Currently, we don't have any BEVs available for sale, but 7 or more new or updated models are due to be globally released in the run-up to 2026.


*This information is correct as of October 2021 and is subject to change.

Hybrid Electric Vehicle rebate

The current Government Clean Car Discount initiative doesn't include hybrid electric vehicles; however, they may be included in the scheme from mid-2022.


This newer initiative will offer a range of rebates for imported new and used low- emission vehicles, while high emission vehicles will be charged a fee. It's estimated this expanded programme will prevent up to 9.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions and will help commuters with the upfront cost of switching to a low emission vehicle.

Our Dedication to an Electrified Future