What is the Clean Car Programme?
The purpose of the Clean Car Programme is to help New Zealand achieve its goal to be carbon neutral by making low emission vehicles more affordable. Whether you chose 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 rebate.
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.
As a quick guideline:
- The Clean Car Discount is designed to encourage customers to purchase lower emission new and used import vehicles.
- The Clean Car Standard is a target set by the Government designed to encourage vehicle importers and distributors to sell low or no emission vehicles. The targets are based on vehicle weight and will become progressively lower each year.
- On 1 July 2023 the Clean Car Discount was amended. CO₂ emission values have been updated and tightened. This means that rebates for low-emission vehicles that were previously eligible for rebate may have been reduced or are now neutral. Neutral cars may now incur fees, and the fee vehicles may incur higher fees.