Read some of the most frequently asked questions about the electric vehicle strategy.
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What are the benefits of EVs?
Electric Vehicles (EV) are cheaper to run and have lower repair costs compared to petrol or diesel vehicles.
EVs are also better for the environment, are quieter, produce lower carbon emissions and less pollutants, helping to reduce air pollution which benefits our health.
How do I claim my EV stamp duty back?
The NSW Government will provide more details on how to claim back your vehicle stamp duty in the coming weeks.
What EVs are eligible to receive a stamp duty exemption?
All new and used battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles purchased for less than $78,000 (including GST) will be eligible for a stamp duty exemption from 1 September 2021.
How do I receive the EV rebate?
The NSW Government will provide more details on how to apply for the EV rebate in the coming weeks.
What EVs are eligible to receive the rebate?
Anyone who is purchasing a new battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle for less than $68,750 (including GST) will be eligible to apply for a $3,000 rebate.
When can a battery or hydrogen fuel cell EV use transit lanes?
The NSW Government will provide more details on when eligible EVs can use transit lanes, and for how long, in the coming weeks.
Who can apply for a Tourist EV Infrastructure grant?
Small tourism businesses (such as motels, wineries and restaurants) will be eligible for the Tourist EV Infrastructure grant.
The NSW government intends to open funding rounds for Tourist EV Infrastructure Grants in early 2022. More information about the application process will be made available closer to the time.
What is a RUC and when does it apply?
A road user charge (RUC) is a distance-based charge on a vehicle’s use of a road.
The RUC will commence from either 1 July 2027 or when EVs make up 30 per cent of all new vehicle sales (whichever occurs first).
EVs that are eligible for a duty exemption will be subject to a RUC, once it commences. If duty was paid at the time an EV was bought, it will not be subject to the RUC. All EVs bought after the RUC commences will be exempt from duty and subject to the RUC.
Why is the NSW Government introducing a RUC?
NSW drivers currently contribute to the cost of road maintenance and construction through a combination of the fuel excise charge, stamp duty and registration costs. As EV uptake continues to grow and fuel excise declines, we need to establish a fair and sustainable system to ensure we have ongoing funds to support the maintenance and delivery of our road network.
Currently, the average petrol and diesel vehicle owner pays approximately $613 a year in fuel excise. Under NSW’s proposed RUC, EV drivers will pay on average $315 annually, $297 less than an equivalent petrol and diesel vehicle.
A distance-based road user charge will ensure all drivers contribute to the funding and maintenance of our roads. A road user charge on EVs will also replace motor vehicle duty, benefiting drivers by reducing the upfront cost of buying an EV.