The future of transport will be electric and with EV-ready workshops all over the country, we’re excited to get there.
The electric revolution is here and with New Zealand’s electricity generation being over 80% renewable, switching to an EV is not only becoming an environmental choice, but also an astute financial decision that can save you costs in maintenance and fuel.
The Clean Car Discount aims to reduce the CO2 emissions of light vehicles across the New Zealand fleet. Armstrong’s are proud to offer a wide range of new 100% electric (EV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) to help achieve this goal.
Which vehicles does the rebate apply to?
The largest Clean Car Discount applies to new EV and PHEVs registered in New Zealand for the first time between 1 July and 31 December 2021.
The vehicle must cost no more than $80,000 including GST and on-road costs and must have a minimum 3-star safety rating. Any vehicles costing over $80,000 inc GST and ORC and/or without a 3 star safety rating or higher are excluded from the rebate.
The rebate does not apply to full Hybrid vehicles (those with dual petrol and electric engines but not able to be plugged in) nor any vehicles with internal combustion engines (petrol or diesel models).
How much is the rebate?
New EV: $8,625
New PHEV: $5,750
How does the rebate work?
Once you’ve found the EV or PHEV you wish to buy, check that the rebate will apply (ie, that the vehicle comes within the $80,000 inc GST and ORC threshold and then purchase the vehicle. You then apply online to Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) for the rebate, providing the sale agreement, numberplate details and your bank account. Once approved the rebate is paid directly to your bank account.
It’s important to note that Armstrong’s are not involved in this process and that the rebate amount does not come off the total cost paid to us as a dealer at the time of the sale. You must pay for the vehicle first, with the rebate being a transaction between yourself and Waka Kotahi. See more here.
Clean Car Discount programme from 2022
Subject to legislation being passed, the Clean Car Discount programme will consist of rebates and fees for imported new and used vehicles based on CO2 emission ratings from 2022.
Buyers purchasing high CO2 emission vehicles will pay a higher price in recognition of the increased environmental and economic costs they are imposing. The higher the CO2 rating the greater the fee. Buyers choosing zero or low-emission vehicles will receive a rebate, the lower the emissions the greater the rebate.
Further information will be provided on these changes once available.
A Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) is 100% electric – it draws power from a battery which can be recharged by plugging it into mains power. This is seen as the environmental gold standard of EV options. A fully electric vehicle also has far fewer moving parts than a petrol or diesel engine, which means less maintenance and overall lower operating costs.
A Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) uses a combination of a petrol-powered engine and an electric motor with a battery that can be plugged into mains power to be charged. PHEV’s typically allow for a small range of EV only driving (approximately 20km-90km per charge*) or can be used as a highly efficient hybrid combination for significantly reduced fuel consumption.
A hybrid vehicle uses a combination of a petrol-powered engine and an electric motor with a battery that is recharged via the petrol engine or energy captured from braking. A hybrid does not need to be plugged in and offers significant fuel saving costs over its traditional counterpart.
Armstrong’s is fully committed to an electric future for New Zealand, having invested over $500,000 to create EV-ready workshops across the country. You and your new EV will be exceptionally well supported with specialist EV diagnostic technology, charging infrastructure and dedicated EV sales and service specialists. Plus, our EVs are all backed by a genuine factory warranty and factory-trained technicians.