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.
* 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.