Clean Car Discount Scheme


The New Zealand Government has now introduced the Clean Car Discount scheme with the aim to reduce transport emissions to help meet the country's 2050 carbon neutral target.

This will consist of rebates and fees for new and used eligible vehicles the first time they are registered in New Zealand, based on CO2 emissions.  

If you choose to purchase a CUPRA zero or low-emission vehicle, you may be eligible for a rebate. The lower the emissions the greater the rebate.  

Fees will also be imposed on vehicles with higher emissions in recognition of the increased environmental and economic costs they are imposing.  

Vehicles with moderate emissions will not incur a fee and may even be eligible for a rebate.

Eligibility criteria are detailed in the Land Transport Act 1998 and any regulations made under that Act.

In short, the following eligibility criteria must be met:

  1. The vehicle must be registered for the first time in New Zealand between from 1 July 2023.
  2. The vehicle must have a safety rating of 3 stars or more on the Rightcar website at the time of registration:
  3. The vehicle must have been purchased for less than $80,000 (New Zealand dollars), including GST and on-road costs (the purchase price).
  4. The rebate is payable only to the first person registered to the vehicle (regardless of ownership), unless the first person registered is a registered motor vehicle trader (ie the Dealer you purchase the vehicle from).

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for a rebate, you must complete the online application form, including reading and agreeing to the terms and conditions, which can be found here.  

In completing the application, you will be required to provide the following supporting documentation:

  • a copy of the vehicle offer and sale agreement (or such alternative documentation as Waka Kotahi deems necessary in the circumstances);

  • proof of the registered person's bank account; 

  • GST number if the vehicle is being used for business purposes.


Find out more about NZ Government's Clean Car Discount Scheme here.