With a likely change in government, the National Party has pledged to remove the Clean Car Discount by 31st December*. Join the Electric Revolution. There are only a few weeks left until the Clean Car Discount is gone, now is the time to act.
*The NZ National political party made a commitment pre-election to implement their 100-Day Action Plan if New Zealander’s chose a National-led government. The 100-day plan parliamentary agenda includes introducing legislation to repeal The Clean Car Discount (CCD) Fee and Rebate, by 31/12/23. The CCD includes a $7,015 rebate for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and $4,025 rebate for Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV), which will be removed by the end of 2023. For more about the 100-day plan information visit www.national.org.nz/100dayplan.
What is the Clean Car Program?
The New Zealand Government introduced the Clean Car Rebate on electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) in 2021 to make it more affordable for Kiwis to own an electric vehicle as part of the goal towards net zero by 2050, and was expanded in April 2022 to include all vehicles with a band on CO2 emissions to apply a rebate or fee. There is also a neutral band where no rebate or fee applies.
The Clean Car Program is intended to be a self-funded scheme. Changes have been made from 1 July 2023 to ensure fees generate enough revenue to fund the rebates and administration costs.
Changes from July 1, 2023
Zero emission vehicles (EVs)
For new models, the rebate reduced from $8,625 to $7,015.
Low emission vehicles
The threshold at which low emission vehicles will be eligible for a rebate changed from 146 g CO2/km to 100 g CO2/km.
Zero band range vehicles
Some vehicles won’t be eligible for a rebate or incur a fee. The zero band range is 101 – 149 (g CO2/km), down from 147 – 191.
Rebate rates for new vehicles
The rebate rate per gram of CO2 in the range of 60 – 100 is $57.50, down from $51.55. The maximum rebate decreased from $5,750 to $4,025.
150 - 259 CO2 g/km emissions
The fee rate per gram changed from $58.00 to $57.50.
260 or more CO2 g/km emissions
The maximum fee increased from $5,175 to $6,900.
What is the Clean Car Rebate?
From July 2021, the New Zealand Government introduced the Clean Car Rebate on electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) to make it more affordable for Kiwis to own an electric vehicle as part of the goal towards net zero by 2050.
The Clean Car Program has been expanded from 1st April 2022 to include all vehicles. A set of smaller rebates will be added for vehciles with low CO2 emissions, and fees on high emitting vehicles will also apply. There is a band of CO2 where no rebate or penalty applies.
All of Opel's passenger car and SUV models are fitted with fuel and CO2 efficient Euro 6 engines..
Every car in the Opel range is a low emission vehicle, thus qualifying for the rebate.
Rebate and fee structure
Rebates are based on the following criteria:
WLTP3 CO2 measurement
All vehicles (EV, Hybrid, Internal Combustion)
Minimum 3 star safety rating
RRP up to $80,000
New and Used vehicles
Rebates and fees based on a sliding scale of CO2 emissions (new car rebates / fees shown):
1-100g: $5,750 to $3,520
101-146g: $3,470 to $0
192-220g: -$350 to -$1,960
221-273+g: -$2,020 to -$5,175
NZ's lowest emissions German brand
Opel is New Zealand's most efficient German brand, and one of the most efficient overall brands, when it comes to CO2 emissions. In fact, even with the July 1 changes, none of our cars will attract a fee.