Electric Vehicles


National believes the future of transport in New Zealand will be zero emissions.

New Zealanders use private motor vehicles for 95 per cent of their land transport needs. Reducing emissions doesn’t mean stopping cars, our zero emissions future will be one where cars continue to move us around to our jobs, visit our family and take kids to sports games, but these cars will be emissions-free.

Transport emissions are the largest driver of increasing greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand. Since 1990, transport emissions have doubled.

We can address this issue. We can reduce our transport emissions right now through the electrification of our fleet.

National believes that future technology development will increasingly make electric vehicles the natural choice for many Kiwis.

You can read National's Electric Vehicles Policy Factsheet here.

The benefits of electric vehicles are far reaching. We will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and can also dramatically improve air quality on our city streets.

National believes more can be done to allow the shift to fully electric, plug-in hybrid electric and hydrogen vehicles (EVs) to happen sooner.

National will:

  • Exempt EVs from fringe benefit tax until 2025 to encourage fleet uptake.

  • Exempt EVs from Road User Charges until at least 2023.

  • Allow EVs to use bus lanes and high-occupancy lanes to incentivise consumers by shortening commute times and increasing driver benefits.

  • Introduce an EV licence plate for ease of identification.

  • Target a third of the government light vehicle fleet to be EV by 2023.

  • Set a target of 80,000 EVs on our roads by 2023 – four times the current level.

We’re committed to addressing the issue of our transport emissions in a practical and effective way. This ambitious plan will make EVs cheaper and easier to own without unfairly taxing Kiwis, create a thriving second hand EV market, support sustainable transport infrastructure, and lower carbon emissions in New Zealand’s transport sector.

Labour has failed to deliver a single new policy to increase EV uptake. Their abandoned car tax actually slowed EV sales and, if implemented, would have punished those who could least afford it.

Exempting EVs from fringe benefit tax will significantly bolster the second-hand market by giving Kiwis access to NZ-new, longer range, late model EVs.

Despite promising to electrify the government fleet by 2025, Labour has not even achieved one per cent of its target.

National’s policy package is practical, supported by the sector and will deliver immediate positive benefits.

You can read National's Electric Vehicles Policy Factsheet here.

The estimated fiscal impact of the Electric Vehicle package is $93m over four years. This includes $55m over four years in lower revenue from exempting electric vehicles from Fringe Benefit Tax and $38m over four years in electrifying the Government fleet.