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What the Clean Car Standard Changes Mean For You

From the 1st of July 2023, changes to the government’s Clean Car Standard will take effect. Continue reading to learn how this may impact you and your vehicle ownership journey.

Key changes to the Clean Car Standard


  • New zero-emission vehicles now receive a maximum rebate of $7015, down from $8625
  • Used zero-emission vehicles now receive a maximum rebate of $3507.50, up from $3450.
  • New low-emission vehicles now receive a maximum rebate of $4025, down from $5750
  • Used low-emission vehicles now receive a maximum rebate of $2012.50, down from $2300


  • New high-emission vehicles now receive a maximum fee of $6,900, up from $5175.
  • Used high-emission vehicles now receive a maximum fee of $3450, up from $2875.

Clean Car Discount

For new vehicles, the rebate is decreasing for zero-emission vehicles (EVs) from $8,625 to $7015. Meanwhile, for used EV imports, the rebate will increase from $3450 to $3507.50.

The threshold for low-emission vehicles is also changing. Vehicles that are eligible for a rebate will change from 146 g  CO2/km to 100 g CO2/km. It’s also worth noting that some vehicles are in the “Zero band”, and aren’t eligible for a rebate or incur a fee. Vehicles in this range emit between 101 – 149 (g CO2/km), down from the previous 147 – 191 band.

Alongside the range for new low-emission vehicles (hybrids) changing, so is the maximum rebate – decreasing from $5750 to $4025. This is in line with the rebate on used low-emission vehicles (hybrids), which is also decreasing from $2300 to $2012.50.

A new addition to the scheme is a special rebate for disability vehicles. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) utilised as disability transport will be eligible for a $11,500 rebate, and hybrid disability vehicles $5750 respectively.

To be eligible for a rebate, the vehicle must earn 3 stars or more on the NZTA’s RightCar website and be registered for the first time in NZ between the rebate period. The vehicle will need to be less than $80,000 including GST and On Road Costs.

Clean Car Fees

Fees under the Clean Car Scheme discounts are increasing – the maximum fee across new high-emission vehicles from the 1st of July is $6,900, up $1,725 from the previous $5175.

Meanwhile, for used high-emission vehicles, the maximum fee is now $3450 – up $575 on the previous $2875 fee.

Why the changes?

The Clean Car Scheme is self-financing, and as such the rebates and fees require regular reviews and tweaks to ensure that the fees given generate enough revenue to fund the scheme’s rebates and administration costs.

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How to calculate Clean Car Rebates and Fees

We recommend using RightCar, a government website that provides a multitude of important information including:

  • Clean Car Rebate or Fees (if applicable)
  • Safety rating
  • Fuel economy
  • Carbon emissions
  • Air pollution

Search by vehicle make, model, or registration here.

For more information on the Clean Car Standard, please visit the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s website.

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