The New Zealand Government has announced significant rebates for the purchase of electric and electric-hybrid vehicles.

From July 1, purchasers of a new EV are entitled to an $8,635 rebate for new EVs, and a $3,450 rebate for used EVs. There is a cap of $80,000 for the rebate. It also includes new or used plug-in hybrids.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

This means cars like New Zealand’s cheapest new EV, the MG ZS EV will drop in price to $40,365 (plus on-road costs. The plug-in Mitsubishi Outlander will receive a $5,750 discount, which is the rebate for new plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). The used rebate for PHEVs is $2,300. All cars must have a 3-star or above safety (ANCAP) rating. The scheme will run from the 1st of July, to the 31st of December 2021.

The MG HS Plug-In Hybrid is priced from $52,990 plus on-road costs which, with the application of the rebate, will fall to start from $47,240 (plus on-road costs) from July 1 to eligible New Zealand buyers.

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How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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