Thinking about buying a car?
You may have heard about the Government’s Clean Car Discount, and you are wondering whether a hybrid or electric car is the right option for you. The Clean Car Discount is part of the Clean Car Programme, a Government initiative aimed at reducing climate change and CO2 emissions to net zero by 2050.
The programme’s first phase was initiated in July 2021, with a rebate – or partial refund – offered to those who purchase an eligible new or used electric vehicle (EV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). You can find more information on which vehicles are eligible here.
While Suzuki’s affordable range of vehicles do not qualify for a rebate at this time, rest assured that each Suzuki has been designed with maximum fuel efficiency in mind. Suzuki offers the lowest average CO2 emissions of the top 10 manufacturers in New Zealand (2020 result), making it a brand you should consider on your car buying journey.
What does the Clean Car Discount mean for me?
If you are in the market for a new car, it may be a good idea to think about your budget, and what you will primarily use your car for. If you are mostly going to be running around town, or your life stage has changed from taxi-driving parent to empty nester, it could be sensible (and more cost-effective) for you to consider down-sizing your vehicle to a more fuel-efficient petrol vehicle or considering an EV or hybrid.
Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles tend to exist at the higher end of the price spectrum, with a starting price of around $50,000 before the Clean Car Discount. A used EV or PHEV could be a more affordable option, but demand is sure to have increased since the programme’s announcement, while a used vehicle lacks full factory warranty support in case something goes wrong.
If your budget is less than $40,000, a fuel-efficient, low-emission car or non-plug-in hybrid may be a more realistic option. With lightweight platforms and the latest engine technologies, such as our BoosterJet and Dualjet engines, a new Suzuki can reduce your carbon footprint without breaking the bank. Efficient cars don’t have to be super small either, and in the case of Suzuki, we offer a very efficient SUV range starting from 107g/km CO2 emissions. Read more about the pros and cons of petrol, hybrid and electric vehicles here.
To see how far you can go and how our models compare with other cars, try our easy-to-use Fuel Economy Calculator.
Do I have to buy an EV or hybrid vehicle right now?
It’s important to know there is no pressure for you to buy an electric or hybrid vehicle straight away. There will still be petrol cars for sale, and petrol stations for refuelling, for a long time to come while infrastructure such as EV charging stations are introduced.
At the end of the day, the Clean Car Programme has been set up to encourage us to consider the car we drive. As the technology becomes more readily available, there will be more choice on what lower emitting vehicles are available in New Zealand.
Remember you can still considerably reduce your current carbon footprint without necessarily having to purchase an EV. By downsizing your vehicle or considering efficient petrol vehicles, you not only save on running costs but also reduce your vehicle emissions.
When you are ready, get in touch with your local Suzuki dealer and discuss how you will use your new car and what you would like it to do. We are happy to help and are here to get you moving in the direction you want to go.