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Engine definition changes from 1 July 2017

Engine definition changes in the Motor Vehicle Register

New engine type definitions will take effect from 1 July 2017 to allow for all types of electric-powered vehicles to be clearly and correctly identified in the Motor Vehicle Register (MVR).

This initiative is part of the Government’s wider Electric Vehicle Programme which aims to increase the number of electric vehicles in New Zealand’s vehicle fleet to 64,000 by the end of 2021, to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Having accurate information on different types of electric vehicles will ensure the MVR is a trusted source of data for applying exemptions and incentives, such as road user charges and special vehicle lane use. 

When do the new engine definitions take effect?

The new engine definitions take effect from 1 July 2017.

What are the current engine definitions?

The current engine definitions (until 1 July 2017) are:

01

Petrol

02

Diesel

03

CNG

04

LPG

05

Electric

06

Other

How will the engine definitions change?

The new engine types (from 1 July 2017) are:

 

Engine type

Definition

01

Petrol

 

02

Diesel

 

03

CNG

 

04

LPG

 

05

Electric

Electric motor/s only.  The batteries are charged from an external source

06

Other

 

07

Petrol Hybrid

Propelled by either a petrol or diesel motor or an electric motor. No external source of charging for the battery.

08

Diesel Hybrid

09

Petrol Electric Hybrid

Propelled by an electric motor where the battery is charged from an onboard petrol or diesel generator BUT no external source of electricity to charge the battery.

10

Diesel electric Hybrid

11

Plug-in petrol hybrid

Propelled by either a petrol or diesel motor and electric motor.  The batteries can be externally charged.

12

Plug-in diesel hybrid

13

Electric – petrol extended

Propelled by an electric motor where the battery is charged from an onboard petrol or diesel generator and an external source of electricity

14

Electric – diesel extended

15

Electric hydrogen fuel cell

Propelled by electric motor/s.  Electricity is sourced from a hydrogen fuel cell (not batteries)

16

Electric other fuel cell

Propelled by electric motor/s.  Electricity is sourced from a fuel cell other than hydrogen (not batteries)

How will this affect vehicle owners?

Updating the engine definitions will ensure different types of electric vehicles are correctly recorded in the MVR, from pure battery electric vehicles to plug-in diesel hybrids. Most vehicle owners will not be affected by this change.  

For less than 20 vehicle owners the change may have an impact on the ACC levies paid as part of their vehicle’s licensing fee. The Transport Agency will contact these customers directly before 1 July to explain the changes to the MVR.

Where can I find out more?

To find out more about the ACC levies paid as part of your vehicle licensing fee, you can go to:

If you have any questions about motor vehicle levies, you can call ACC on 0800 222 776, Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm.

If you have any questions about the changes we’ve made to the MVR, you can call us on 0800 108 809, Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.

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