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

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The incentives are in addition to the $18.3 million to implement the South Australia’s Electric Vehicle Action Plan

A $3,000 subsidy is available for 7,000 new battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles valued below $68,750 (including GST) registered in South Australia from 28 October 2021.

Subsidies are limited to one per individual person residing in South Australia and two per business located in South Australia. The vehicles will be required to be registered in South Australia and must not have received a rebate in another jurisdiction.

The subsidy is only available on eligible new vehicles that have not been previously registered. It is not available for used vehicles. The subsidy is not available for plug-in hybrid vehicles, consistent with arrangements in other jurisdictions.

See the Subsidy Terms and Conditions for the full eligibility criteria and the FAQs for further information.

Subsidies are initially being provided as a rebate upon application after a vehicle is purchased and registered.

Before applying for an electric vehicle subsidy you should read the Subsidy Terms and Conditions

Click here to apply for an electric vehicle subsidy.

If you have any queries, please email dtfelectricvehicles@sa.gov.au

The Government is providing a 3-year registration fee exemption for new battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

The exemption is available for new battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles first registered from 28 October 2021 and up to 30 June 2025. A price cap of $68,750 (inclusive of GST) applies.

The exemption will apply for three years from the date of first registration of an eligible vehicle. For example, a new battery electric vehicle first registered on 1 July 2024 would receive the registration exemption over the period 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2027.

Unlike the upfront purchase subsidy, there is no limit on the number of new battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles that can receive relief during the eligible time period, subject to the eligibility criteria being met.

Vehicles first registered after 1 July 2025 will not receive any registration exemption. Other registration related charges including compulsory third-party insurance, ESL, stamp duty will still be payable when a vehicle is registered.

While arrangements for the registration exemption are introduced, eligible electric vehicle subsidy recipients will receive an additional $138 as a rebate on the first year’s registration charge. The following two years registration exemption will be provided as part of future registration renewal process.

No additional application is required to receive a rebate on the first year’s registration charge.

If you have any queries, please email dtfelectricvehicles@sa.gov.au

To further support the uptake of electric vehicles, a new EV smart charging subsidy is being introduced for South Australian households. The Smart Charging Subsidy will provide up to 7,500 subsidies of up to $2,000 to households installing EV smart charging systems.

More information on the Smart Charging Subsidy is available from the Department for Energy and Mining

Drivers of internal combustion engine vehicles pay fuel excise when they fill up their vehicles with petrol, diesel or LPG. Drivers of zero and low emission vehicles pay little or no fuel excise.

Currently, there are very few zero and low emission vehicles in South Australia, but it is expected that the uptake will increase as the availability of models increases and they reach price parity with comparable internal combustion engine vehicles. As the State transitions towards a higher usage of zero and low emission vehicles, a road user charge will ensure that vehicle owners continue to provide funding for the maintenance and improvement of our road network into the future.

Following the assent of the Motor Vehicles (Electric Vehicle Levy) Amendment Act 2021, a levy will be charged on electric vehicles in South Australia based on the distance travelled. The charge will be an additional levy for the registration of an electric vehicle.

Recognising that the market for electric vehicles is still being established, the road user charge will commence from 1 July 2027 or when the sale of battery electric vehicles reaches 30 per cent of new motor vehicles sale in South Australia, whichever is earlier.

An electric vehicle is defined as a motor vehicle that is powered wholly or partly by electricity from an external source, commonly known as a battery electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid vehicle, or by hydrogen, commonly known as a fuel cell vehicle or fuel cell electric vehicle. The charge will not apply to heavy vehicles or kinds of vehicles outlined in the regulations.

The proposed charge will be calculated on the number of kilometres travelled by an electric vehicle, apart from travel undertaken on an area of private land that is not open to or used by the public.

The rate applying to the number of kilometres travelled by an electric vehicle is in line with that applying in Victoria and New South Wales of:

  • 2.0 cents per kilometre (indexed) for plug-in hybrid vehicles; and
  • 2.5 cents per kilometre (indexed) for any other electric vehicles.

The prescribed rate will be indexed annually, from 2022-23, by movements in the Adelaide consumer price index.

The road user charge is intended to be calculated and billed in arrears as part of the vehicle registration process.  Owners will be required to provide their odometer readings when they register a vehicle, with the charge calculated on the distance travelled since the last renewal/odometer reading.  This approach is intended to minimise the administration burden associated with the new charging arrangements by leveraging off the existing registration arrangements.

More information on the road user charge will be provided closer to the commencement date of the charge.