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

Eligibility criteria is set out in further detail 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:

          a.       1 July 2021 and 31 March 2022; or

          b.       from 1 April 2022
Vehicle eligibility for each time period is set out in greater detail in the links above.

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 or business registered to the vehicle (regardless of ownership)

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.

Rebates Available

The rebate available to you will depend on the type of vehicle you have purchased and the time at which the vehicle is registered.

The following are the indicative rebates:

Vehicles purchased and registered after 1st April 2022




0 (zero emissions)



1 to 56



57 to 146

$3000 less (emissions X $20 X 130/145) $7,500 less (emissions X $50 X 130/145)

 All figures are exclusive of GST, however, the final amount of rebate paid will include GST.

Vehicles purchased between 1 July 2021 and 31 March 2022

1 JULY 2021 – 31 MARCH 2022



Battery electric vehicle



Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle



 Note that Rebate applications for vehicles registered between 1 July 2021 and 31 March 2022 that meet the eligibility criteria will only be accepted until 31 May 2022 (if funding permits).


The government regulated scheme will also see vehicles which emit higher rates of CO2 be subject to fees. The person who registers, for the first time, any new or used vehicle with CO2 emissions of 192 grams or more per kilometre must pay the fee calculated pursuant to the formula set out under regulation 7 of the Land Transport (Clean Vehicle Discount Scheme Charges) Regulations 2022.




147 to 191 grams

$0 – Neutural Band with no fee payable

$0 – Neutural Band with no fee payable

192 grams or more

(emissions* - 186) x $37.50
Capped at $2,500

(emissions* - 186) x $50
Capped at $4,500

Note: figures above are exclusive of GST. The fee (including applicable GST) must be paid to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles at the same time as the person pays for the registration of the vehicle.

*The CO2 emissions of the vehicle must be calculated in accordance with the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Efficiency and Emissions Data 2022.


Clean Car rebate or fee information is now displayed within the model range section of our website. For further information on the New Zealand Government Clean Car Discount scheme please click here to learn more at Waka Kotahi or contact your local CUPRA Garage.

Please note:

  • The above figures for rebates and fees are indicative only
  • Where we have indicated the dollar value of a rebate or fee for a vehicle elsewhere on our website or in our marketing materials, that figure is indicative only
  • If rebate funds are exhausted at any given time, no rebate will be paid. Once the scheme restarts, only vehicles registered from the restart date that meet the eligibility requirements will qualify for a rebate
  • While we do our best to make sure that information available on this page is accurate and free from errors, we do not guarantee its accuracy
  • The Clean Car Discount scheme is not administered by CUPRA New Zealand.  We do not accept liability for any loss or damage which may result either directly or indirectly from reliance by you upon the accuracy or currency of information contained on this page or any information published by any third party (such as Waka Kotahi) about the Clean Car Discount scheme
  • This page contain links to other websites (“Linked Websites”). As the content and maintenance of Linked Websites is out of our control, please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of those websites. Links on this page to Linked Sites do not necessarily endorse those Linked Sites
  • New Zealand Government Clean Car rebates / fees values stated should be taken as guidance only and may be subject to change without notice. Demonstrator vehicle pricing may be affected by rebates and fees, please contact your local Authorised CUPRA Garage for further information


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