Regulations for electric vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) have to meet the same regulations as any other vehicle, although they are exempt from Road User Charges (RUC) until 2020*. The exemption is valued at NZ$700 per year for 14,000km.

EVs must comply with:

  • Road safety-related regulations - like all other vehicles, electric cars have to meet frontal impact standards and other road worthiness requirements.
  • Registration - EVs are required to be registered for use on the road as a standard class vehicle (e.g. car, moped or motorcycle).
  • Electrical safety regulations - charging infrastructure also need to adhere to New Zealand's Electrical Safety regulations and Standards.

ANCAP safety ratings - Rightcar website

Information on electricity safety - Energy Safety website

* The Road User Charges Act 1977 defines electric vehicles as those "whose motive power [the power that enables something to move] is wholly or partly derived from an external source of electricity." This definition excludes regular hybrid vehicles which cannot plug into an electricity socket.


Electric vehicles in New Zealand
Benefits and considerations for electric vehicles
Safety and regulations for electric vehicles

Charging your electric vehicle