$3,000 subsidy on new electric vehicles

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To support the uptake of electric vehicles the government has introduced an electric vehicle subsidy package. The subsidy package includes a $3,000 purchase subsidy and a 3-year registration exemption for the purchase of eligible new battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

The $3,000 purchase subsidy is available for the first 7,000 eligible new battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles registered in South Australia from 28 October 2021. Individuals are eligible for one new EV subsidy and businesses for two, with the vehicles registered in South Australia and valued below $68,750 (including GST).

A three year registration exemption is also available for new battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles first registered from 28 October 2021 until 30 June 2025. Unlike the upfront purchase subsidy, there is no limit on the number of new EVs that can receive the registration exemption during the eligible time period, subject to the eligibility criteria being met.

Applications are now open. Further information on how to apply for the subsidy is available at Incentives for electric vehicles | Department of Treasury and Finance or email dtfelectricvehicles@sa.gov.au

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Electric Vehicles Purchase Subsidy - frequently asked questions

A $3,000 purchase subsidy is available for the first 7,000 new battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles registered in South Australia, below a price cap of $68,750 (inclusive of GST), from 28 October 2021.

To be eligible for the $3,000 subsidy a vehicle must be first registered on or after 28 October 2021. Any vehicle registered before 28 October 2021 will not be eligible for a subsidy.

There is no restriction on when a vehicle was purchased to be eligible for a subsidy. Vehicles purchased before 28 October 2021 and registered for the first time after 28 October 2021 will be eligible for a subsidy.

No. The subsidies are only available for eligible battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

No. The subsidy is only available for new vehicles that have not been previously registered.

No.

The $68,750 (including GST) price cap is based on the value of the vehicle for stamp duty purposes.

The value of a new motor vehicle for stamp duty purposes is the recommended retail price or manufacturer's list price (including GST and luxury car tax, where applicable) issued by the manufacturer.

The value of any additional equipment or features not included by the manufacturer in the list price of a new motor vehicle may or may not need to be added to the list price for calculating stamp duty.

The Stamp Duties Act 1923 specifically identifies 2 items of optional equipment as being dutiable - "power steering" and "a particular type of transmission (for example, automatic transmission)".

Where additional equipment or features are part of the vehicle as it is released to the public, the list price includes these items. Therefore, stamp duty is payable on the "price fixed" by the manufacturer as defined in the Stamp Duties Act 1923.

For further information and examples see: https://www.revenuesa.sa.gov.au/stamp-duty-vehicles

No. If you have accessed an electric vehicle rebate in another state or territory on the vehicle, then you are not eligible to claim a $3,000 subsidy in South Australia.

An individual can claim the subsidy for one (1) eligible vehicle that is registered in South Australia.

A business can claim the subsidy for two (2) eligible vehicles that are registered in South Australia.

The subsidy is available until the 7,000 subsidies have been fully committed.

No. Motor bikes, heavy vehicles and special purpose vehicles are not eligible for the subsidy.

Applications are now open. Further information on how to apply for the subsidy is available at Incentives for electric vehicles | Department of Treasury and Finance

Yes, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

The 2021-22 registration fee exemption for an eligible battery electric vehicle is $138.

Other registration related charges including compulsory third-party insurance, ESL, stamp duty will still be payable when a vehicle is registered.

More information on how to access the registration exemption will be available shortly.