What is the Clean Car Programme?

What is the Clean Car Programme?

The purpose of the Clean Car Programme is to help New Zealand achieve its goal to be carbon neutral by making low emission vehicles more affordable. Whether you chose a zero or low emission vehicle, you’re doing your part to help reduce New Zealand's CO₂ levels, while going easy on your bank account with the Clean Car rebate.

The Clean Car Standard and the Clean Car Discount form the central pillars of a range of government initiatives to tackle transport sector CO₂ emission levels and help address climate change. 

As a quick guideline:

  • The Clean Car Discount is designed to encourage customers to purchase lower emission new and used import vehicles. 
  • The Clean Car Standard is a target set by the Government designed to encourage vehicle importers and distributors to sell low or no emission vehicles. The targets are based on vehicle weight and will become progressively lower each year.
  • From 1 April 2022 the Clean Car Discount will be based on the CO₂ emissions of vehicles. Those with zero or low emissions would qualify for a rebate and those with high emissions would incur a fee.
What does this mean for your next car purchase?

What does this mean for your next car purchase?

From 1 April 2022 the Clean Car Discount 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. 

For consistency, the Government has converted all of the car manufacturer's fuel economy and CO₂ emission figures to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (3P-WLTP) emissions testing regime. The Clean Car rebate or fee is then calculated using these figures.

The higher the CO₂ emissions, the greater the fee in recognition of the increased environmental and economic costs they are imposing. Buyers choosing zero or low-emission vehicles may be eligible for a cashback rebate. The lower the emissions the greater the cashback rebate. Vehicles with low to moderate emissions will be classified as neutral and not incur a fee or be eligible for a cashback rebate.

Honda Eligible Rebate Cars

Honda Eligible Rebate Cars

If purchased and registered after April 1 2022 the following Honda vehicles will be eligible to take advantage of the Governments cashback Clean Car Rebate.

  • Jazz Life - $1,150*
  • Jazz e:HEV Luxe - $4,140*
Honda Neutral Clean Cars

Honda Neutral Clean Cars

If purchased and registered after April 1 2022 the following Honda models will be "Neutral" thanks to their efficient petrol engines. These neutral vehicles will attract no fee (tax) and fall in the Governments "Zero" band.

  • Jazz Crosstar
  • Civic Sport Hatch
  • CR-V Range
How to apply for the Clean Car Rebate

How to apply for the Clean Car Rebate

To apply for a cashback rebate you'll need:

  • To be the first registered person for the vehicle (exception is if a vehicle is registered to a lessee (you, our customer) by a leasing company (lessor, Honda New Zealand)
  • A copy of the vehicle offer and sale agreement (or such alternative documentation as the Agency deems necessary in the circumstances)
  • Proof of the registered person's (or lessor's) bank account 
  • GST number if the vehicle is being used for business purposes
How does the Clean Car Programme affect leasing a car from Honda?

How does the Clean Car Programme affect leasing a car from Honda?

When you obtain a quote either from our stores or online for leasing a car, we automatically include any rebate or penalty in your lease quote.

This way you can enjoy lower repayments for the cars that receive a rebate or the convenience of monthly payments for any penalty.

Honda is committed to the clean car programme and so is passing 100% of the rebates received into the lease contracts for our customers. 

Honda e:TECHNOLOGY

Honda e:TECHNOLOGY

Honda has declared that our intention is to lead the effort to achieve a carbon-free society as part of our 2030 Vision to “serve people worldwide with the ‘joy of expanding their life’s potential.” Our initiatives are designed to improve mobility and protect the environment for future generations to come.

Our latest e:HEV powertrain is a clever power control unit. It is an advanced and intelligent, self-charging hybrid powertrain - e:HEV - that combines effortless driving with performance you can really feel. 

The Jazz e:HEV Luxe introduces our very first e:HEV electrified hybrid powertrain.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Vehicles are eligible?

From 1 April 2022, the Clean Car Discount is expanding to include vehicles that are:

- Low-emission light vehicles first registered in New Zealand from 1 April 2022 based on the sliding scale of CO₂ emissions.

- The vehicle has at least a 4 star safety rating.

- The vehicle is under $80,000 including GST and on-road costs.

From the Honda New car range, the following are currently eligible:

  • Jazz Life - $1,150
  • Jazz e:HEV Luxe - $4,140

How is the Clean Car Rebate calculated?

Simply put it is based on the amount of CO₂ the car emits.

  • Cashback Rebate: From zero to 146g of CO₂ 
  • Neutral or Zero band: From 146g to 192g of CO₂ 
  • Fee or Tax is additionally charged: From 192g and above.

For the full explanation see below:

From 1 April 2022, the Clean Car Discount will change from a flat fee to a sliding scale based on the CO₂ emissions of the vehicle.

For consistency, the Government has converted all of the car manufacturer's fuel economy and CO₂ emission figures to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (3P-WLTP) emissions testing regime. The Clean Car rebate or fee is then calculated using these figures.

The higher the CO₂ g/km rating the greater the fee you will have to pay - up to $5,175 for a new car or $2,875 for a used import. The lower the CO₂ g/km rating the greater the rebate. You will be able to claim back up to $8,625 for a new car. With a vehicle over 146 CO₂ g/km and under 192 CO₂ g/km, you will not have to pay the fee or receive a rebate.

How is the Clean Car Rebate or Cashback paid?

The rebate or cashback is paid by Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency) after purchase and registration of the vehicle. The amount is not deducted from the price at time of sale at Honda stores (physical or online).

To learn more click here. To apply for a rebate click here.

Do Clean Car Rebates apply to my current car?

No. They do not apply to cars currently registered and on the road. They apply only to new registrations from 1 April 2022. 

Do Clean Car Rebates apply to Honda Certified Used Cars?

No. New Zealand new used cars are not elibigble for the Clear Car Discount or Fees.

How is the fee paid/collected?

The fee is paid to Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency) at the time of registration, and a vehicle will not be registered until payment has been made. Honda will collect the fee from you and make payment to Waka Kotahi on your behalf so the vehicle can be registered.

Do Clean Car Fees apply to my current car?

No. There is no need to pay an additional tax or fee on your existing car. Providing it was first registered before 1 April 2022. 

Do the Clean Car Rebates and Fees affect my lease quote with Honda?

When quoting a qualifying car from 1 April 2022, the rebate will be applied to the Honda automatically.

When you go ahead with a lease, you sign a form that enables Honda to claim the rebate on our behalf.

This will form a mandatory requirement for all cars that qualify and are leased from 1 April. 

Do Clean Car fees and rebates apply to renewing my cars registration?

No. The fees and discounts discussed on this page are just at the time of first registration. 

Clean Car Discount (CCD) rebates and fees are valid for vehicles registered from 1st April 2022 for the first time. Rebates and fees are administered by Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) and are subject to change at their discretion at any time, this is based on their terms and conditions. For more information and eligibility criteria please visit www.nzta.govt.nz/vehicles.