To support the uptake of electric vehicles in South Australia, the government is providing a $3,000 subsidy and a 3-year registration exemption on eligible new battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles first registered from 28 October 2021.

As at 1 May 2022 there are 6,826 electric vehicle subsidies remaining.

Further incentives to support the uptake of electric vehicles are being provided under 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