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[ACT] Free 2-Year Rego & up to $15,000 Zero Interest Loan for Electric Vehicles (New or 2nd Hand) @ ACT Government


From today, new zero emissions vehicles purchased in the ACT will have their government registration fees waived for the next two years.

The registration fee waiver was included in a governing agreement signed between the ACT Labor and ACT Greens parties following the last ACT election. In addition to the two-year waiver of registration fees, ACT drivers are also able to access up to $15,000 in interest free loans to help cover the upfront purchase cost of an electric vehicle.

The initiative was announced in November last year but has now come into effect and will apply to any zero emissions vehicle purchased on or after 24 May 2021.

The waiver will also apply to both new and used vehicle purchases that occur on or after that date.

The annual government registration fee for a passenger vehicle in the ACT ranges from $314.40 to $572.90, depending on the weight of the vehicle being registered. In addition, drivers will still be required to pay for a number of other charges, including compulsory third party insurance and other road safety tariffs.

Newly purchased zero emissions vehicles in the ACT also remain eligible for a substantial discount on stamp duty, and electric vehicles purchased prior to 24 May 2021 will continue to receive a 20 per cent ongoing discount to their registration fees.

Chief minister Andrew Barr said that encouraging the uptake of zero emissions vehicles in the ACT was part of the territory government’s strategy towards reaching zero net emissions and that Canberrans had already purchased almost 1,000 electric vehicles.

“The ACT has an ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2045. Transport emissions now account for around 60 per cent of the ACT’s greenhouse gas emissions and of these emissions an estimated 70 per cent are from private vehicles,” Barr said. “Reducing the number of high emitting vehicles on our roads is significant to achieving our targets along with encouraging active travel and public transport use.”

“The ACT is fast approaching 1,000 registered electric vehicles and further incentives such as the two-year registration waiver and no-interest loans through the Sustainable Household Scheme will make purchasing zero emissions vehicles a viable option for Canberrans.”

The ACT government has taken a conscious approach to support and incentivise the uptake of zero emissions vehicles, contrasting the ACT government with some state governments that plan to impose new fees targeted at electric vehicles.

The Victorian government has attracted significant criticism for a plan to introduce a per kilometre charge on electric vehicles. The state government argues that the charge is necessary to recoup the costs of road and infrastructure maintenance, but electric vehicle advocates have labelled it as the ‘world’s worst EV policy’.

ACT energy and emissions reduction minister Shane Rattenbury said that the ACT’s transport sector was now its largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and reducing these emissions was key to the ACT meeting its emissions reduction targets.

“The ACT has been leading Australia in electric vehicle policy and incentives,” Rattenbury said.

“For years we have had the most generous incentives for these vehicles, including stamp duty exemption for new vehicles, a 20% registration discount and access to transit lanes. From today we’re going further to offer 2 years of free registration for newly registered new and used zero emissions vehicles.

“Transport is the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT and we need to reduce transport emissions quickly to achieve our emissions reduction targets. Along with encouraging active travel and improving public transport, encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles is a key part of doing this.

The registration waiver applies to all ‘zero emissions’ vehicles, extending to both electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. While there are no models of hydrogen vehicles currently available for private drivers, Hyundai has begun offering its Nexo hydrogen passenger vehicle for fleet operators.

The ACT government became the first operator of an Australian hydrogen vehicle fleet, taking delivery of 20 Hyundai Nexo vehicles and establishing Australia’s first publicly available hydrogen refuelling station in Canberra.

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          • @botchie: ICE vehicles have hundreds of moving parts, hopefully working in concert at the right timing, tension etc for reliability, performance and safety. EVs have just a handful.
            It's not unreasonable to be attracted to that elegant simplicity, is it?

            Plus I'd counter that the [email protected] revving his fully-sick burner at the lights, carpark or wherever is the attention-seeker!

        • -1

          Actually when the western Australia Ev club tested charging Tesla's with an 8kva diesel generator the milage was on par with a similarly sized Mercedes diesel sedan.

      • @timmy2000

        Which vehicle emits more CO2, Petrol or Coal fired Electric?

      • -1

        I downvoted you Tim. You have shown your true alt-right colors.

      • Smart electric cars can source only "green" electrons in the grid as they "green" in colour :)

    • +6

      You'll noitice the difference here : ACT Greens

      Same thing in QLD. We have a majority of voters intent on remaining in the 1970;s I keep voting Green hoping to move the needle, but there are only 8 of us interested :)

      • -2

        I'll tell you a story about greens

        There is a place in Balmain that was suggested to community to house refugees , you would think they would welcome that with their arms open, but alas, it was no thanks in our backyard and move on

        So much for greens

        • +3

          Great story botchie. Any factual evidence to back it up? Excuse my skepticism but I saw a whole lot of complete bs regarding Greens not allowing hazard reduction burns despite them having virtually no control anywhere.

          The Greens are a motley, imperfect lot. Why would that surprise anyone? In the ACT they've given us a ridiculously expensive, inflexible tram which does nothing for the vast majority of commuters and sfa for public transport generally. And at a significant cost to public housing, improvements to health systems etc. I love trams but there's a time and a place.

          • @DisabledUser67242: I think a lot more people would have been onboard with the tram if it had been significantly faster than the existing express bus, and actually a faster alternative than the car. Imagine cruising from Tuggeranong to Gungahlin in 20 minutes on a proper grade-separated commuter train! Could have piggybacked the infrastructure on the high speed rail that our great great grandchildren might get to see, if the Federal Government ever funds it, and if it doesn't just bypass Canberra.

            But you're right, a couple billion dollars could easily have revamped the bus network and a whole bunch of other things, and actually made them somewhat functional. I do hope that the full tram network might be somewhat useable in 30 years, and that they extend the lines into Queanbeyan and regional areas in a tram-train kinda style: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karlsruhe_Stadtbahn

    • +10

      That's what happens when you have a leadership vacuum at the federal level.

      • +7

        You mean having a vacuum as a leader. Not much substance the space ScoMo occupies.

  • +7

    NSW when?

    • +6

      once #koalakiller is out

      • And her 2ic baloney Bruz

  • -3

    Based on the article it is only for electric and hydrogen. Any rebate for hybrid?

    • +11

      A hybrid has more than zero emissions.

      • +2

        Hydrogen has emissions too

        • Yeah it does; all hydrogen vehicles emit a super noxious oxidising chemical (H2O)… If fueled with green hydrogen, then hydrogen vehicle operation is complete carbon and polluting emission free.

          If the hydrogen is:
          - generated via electrolysis or membrane exchanger which is powered by a renewable source (wind, solar, geothermal, tidal), or
          - transformed from another source (municipal methane is a good example) using a clean process (algae, or certain types of pyrolysis)
          …then it is inherently green, meaning

          Hydrogen produced via more conventional methods (coal gasification, steam reformation; aka "blue" and "brown" hydrogen) certainly has emissions and a carbon footprint, but is several times smaller (at scale) than that of traditional hydrocarbons and again, has the immense positive of reducing air pollution at place of operation.

          Hydrogen vehicles' killer app is in the commercial sector IMO; you get better range than an EV (generally) and you can fill the tank in a few minutes like a conventional refueling setup. You won't be selling battery-only vehicles to Uber/Ola drivers and logistics providers as the recharge time on EVs (currently) kills vehicle uptime and therefore costs.

      • +1

        Just a tick there. If hybrids produce 50% less emissions (I'm making that number up) how about a 50% reduction in rego for 2 years? I.e. X% reduction in emissions —> X% reduction in rego for 2 years.

        My point is that hybrids seem to be a practical midway point from electric from internal combustion, especially if they can be recharged using the same charging stations as full electric vehicles, so maybe we should encourage them a bit, to help build out critical mass and charging infrastructure, as well as reduce emissions.

        Personally I tend to buy second hand vehicles, after the large initial depreciation but before they become really old (e.g. own from 3 to 10 years of age), and although I would love to buy a fully-electric second-hand vehicle as my next car, there seems to be very little second hand market, at reasonable prices, yet for fully electric vehicles, but there definitely is a functional second hand market for hybrids. And I most definitely can be bought - perhaps the PC term is "influenced & incentivised by government policy initiatives" - so incentivise me please :-)

    • +19

      ummm! You do realise this is the ACT government initiative? Ofcoz they will look after their own. Would you expect NSW gov to provide grants for VIC residents?

        • +10

          Tell us more about how the ACT not charging itself registration fees is some sort of conspiracy to get…what, exactly?

          • @GrueHunter: Never said it a conspiracy- you are reading too much into my comment

        • +4

          …and the objective is to reduce carbon emissions, so I don't understand your issue. Are you upset the ACT government is getting a discount on the money it would have to pay the ACT government to register these vehicles?

  • Can i, as a non-ACT resident, apply for this?

    • +47

      Yes you could apply, but you would be rejected.

    • +3

      Become an ACT resident.
      Buy EV

      • +3

        The commute to Sydney would be the killer

        • +4

          Just fly back and forward, it's what our pollies do…..

    • How about Queanbeyan residents?

      • +5

        Just called the Queen and Governor General. They both said QBN is still in NSW. Sorry! They did say there's a big sign on Canberra Ave that would be a good hint

  • +27

    Time to sell my secondhand electric car to my wife to score two years of free rego rather than 20% off. /s

    • Exactly what I thought people will do. They could have simply waive it for 2 years, but they want the taxes…

      • +1

        Bzzt! Stamp duty!

        • Yeah, that and going over the pits again because if its age.

    • +2


  • +7

    Sounds great!
    People that can afford to buy a car worth over $100k can now save an extra few hundred dollars per year.
    Seems fair.

    • +5

      The fancy ones are that much and more.

      The cheap ones are half that.

    • +10

      You clearly are not aware of the prices of electric cars. They start in the 40k range and go upwards.

    • +6

      Mine was $14k, and I paid $2k too much.

    • +1

      Tesla Model 3 SR+ is 66k Drive away in ACT

  • +29

    Electric vehicles killed the weekend because electric vehicles are limited to only towing small items like Boeing 787s.

    And the prime minister says his toy car for his kids takes a long time to charge which is highly concerning.

    • +12

      If the prime minister stopped plugging his kid's toy cars into lumps of coal, he may have a bit more luck with the charging them

    • +10

      and the voters embraced this message and Scotty form marketing was re-elected.

      I have spent 18 months trying (not to hard mind you but I have brought it up at 4 body committee meetings an met zero interest) to get my Body Corporate to

      1. put solar panels on the roof of our complex and plan for and
      2. allow the installing of hardware to allow e-chargers in the parking areas for those residents who want to pay for it.. nope. I guess for me its not a big issue any more as i sold my car 10 months ago and use a bicycle and a e e-scooter for everything instead but I think it would be an option some tenants might like to explore. I am the youngest person on the committee by a long way, at 54, I expect they are waiting word from the Queen that it's ok but to be fair if too many people took it up we'd have issues with electricity supply in the building but a couple as proof of concept would be good but you'd assume electricity retailers would be loving it
  • What electric cars do people own?

    • +23

      I have a small remote controlled one … runs on AA Eneloops.

      • Mine uses 18650x 18650s.

    • +6

      I have a two door range Rover HSE electric car …. A convertible also.

      Fits two toddlers and some toys. Has a range of 6km

  • $15k interest free loan for a $80k car, sounds justifiable.

    • +19

      Used Nissan Leaf is available for under $15,000 second hand. This loan is available to new and used cars.

      • -1

        Used Nissan Leaf is available for under $15,000 second hand. This loan is available to new and used cars.

        Because a car with a range of 100km and an impending several thousand dollar battery replacement is a great investment…

        • +11

          My car has a range of 100km and is 11 years old and seems to be fine, so yeah it was a fantastic investment

          Thanks for asking

          • -3


            My car has a range of 100km and is 11 years old and seems to be fine

            A car with a range of 100km is not fine for most people.

            so yeah it was a fantastic investment

            Show us the sums for TCO…

            • +5


              A car with a range of 100km is not fine for most people.

              You realize you charge it every night at home? That's 100km a day not a week. Not that often I would travel over 100km a day. Even travelling into the city and back for me would be a 60km round-trip.

              Going all the way out to the airport and back would be a 72.2km roundtrip.

              • @Agret:

                You realize you charge it every night at home?

                Sure, unless you go out at night, or you've done a 90km trip then want to pop down the shop but you can't, or want to travel somewhere further than 50km away and return at any point in your lifetime

                Not that often I would travel over 100km a day

                Well with this EV you can never travel that far. Not even once…

                • +19

                  @1st-Amendment: Well then don't buy one if it deosn't; suit you, it would suit >80% of city dwellers, particularly if they have 2 cars. They just put it on charge at night and good to go in the morning. Do you bang on about 2 seater utes not suiting everyone, or just ecars that you have a bug about ?

                • +1

                  @1st-Amendment: You're a bit slow, aren't you mate?

                  This was the first EV available in Australia. It's literally first generation EV technology. I'm not sure why you're so triggered that it's still fine for somebody in Canberra with a 40km round trip commute, but you might have noticed things have progressed a little bit with range over the past decade. Catch up, granddad.

                • +2

                  @1st-Amendment: I hope sir, you are baiting. Thoughts and prayers to you if you're not. lol

            • +6

              @1st-Amendment: My total cost of ownership is $14k, plus rego and insurance and tyres. I use about 7kw hours of energy a day, or a bit under half a "tank".

              What percentage of trips made in Australia are over 100km? If I want to go further, I fly and hire a car. If I want to go to the snow, I use all the money I've saved on petrol and maintenance and hire a 4WD for the weekend.

              You, on the other hand, think you're a winner for being the sole driver for short urban trips in a fully loaded Landcruiser because you might totally take it offroad a couple of weekends a year.

              BTW, how is you whining changing anything? Has the ACT government heard your awesome point of view and backed down? Are electric cars becoming more expensive and less desirable? Didn't think so.

              • @GrueHunter:

                My total cost of ownership is $14k
                I fly and hire a car.
                hire a 4WD for the weekend

                So if you did the actual sums you might find you spent more than you think.

                think you're a winner for being the sole driver for short urban trips in a fully loaded Landcruiser

                I don't think that all, nor do I own anything that resembles a Landcruiser. This leap in logic tells us a lot about the EV owner mindset though.

                BTW, how is you whining changing anything?

                I'm not whining, I merely commented in a forum built specifically for commenting that your TCO probably isn't what you think it is. I also think that most people would like to travel more than 100km at least once in their lifetime. Why are you so offended at opinions that differ from your own?

    • Could always buy the one at half that that price

    • +3

      Electric motorcycles are available under $15k. Some under $5k new

      • Pay it off with Uber Eats deliveries lol

      • Have any of the major brands released electric bikes? I can’t see any on Bikesales

        • Only Harley, at $50k.

          Motorcycles are always behind cars.

          Those cheap Chinese ones under 3k would be ok I think $30 a week over two years pays it off, that's cheap as a bus

  • -3

    cars running on hydrogen? nice.

    time to read again why people should treat hydrogen with respect

    "Anything from about 4% hydrogen in air to about 75% will ignite, and everything except the two ends of that range will go ahead and explode if given the chance."

    also: "any building that contains a potential source of hydrogen should have good ventilation, strong ignition suppression systems for all electric devices, and preferably be designed to have a roof that can be safely blown away from the rest of the structure in an explosion"

    also: "In June 2019 Uno-X fueling station in Norway experienced an explosion, resulting in the shutdown of all Uno-X hydrogen fueling stations and a temporary halt in sales of fuel cell vehicles in Norway."

    so hydrogen vehicles? yeah nah

    • +6

      You're talking about the LEL and the UEL of hydrogen. Just like gasoline, an ignition source is required to cause an explosion.

      H2 being the lightest if ever there is a leak it will dissipate quickly and just shoot straight up into the atmosphere.

      So it does not pose more danger than gasoline. Stop spreading misinformation.

      • -4

        hmm so telling truth about hydrogen refueling station explosion is considered misinformation?

        or any other facts about hydrogen safety available on corresponding Wikipedia page, or in the blog of chemistry professor

        yeah right

        • +2

          You've never heard of a petrol station explosion? It happens.

        • Google "petrol station explosions" please.

          FYI the LEL for gasoline is even lower at 1.2%. A Chemistry professor will tell you it's just as explosive when things go wrong.

          • @bruceclipse: so what? let me remind you that h2 is a gas under normal circumstances, colorless, odourless

            while petrol is a smelly liquid and easy to detect and manage as a hazard

            if h2 leaks, you will never know it's around, ready to go ablaze or kapow or both - without special equipment to detect h2 in the air. also it floats up into areas where it's hard to notice

            not to mention additional care required in management of high pressure vessels inevitable with transportation of liquid hydrogen. whatever you do, leaking is always a factor

            also what is with comparing to gasoline? I never said anything about gasoline. who cares how often they blow up. I am not a fan of fossil fuels either

            I would rather handle electric vehicles than hydrogen or gasoline

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