Electric vehicles

Find out how much electric vehicles cost to buy and run and where to find charging stations in NSW.

Electric cars in NSW

Electric cars are growing in popularity. Of the 6.6 million vehicles registered in NSW in 2019, 2,274 were electric, which was a 25% increase on the year before.

The 2019 Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Plan explains how the NSW Government is preparing for and fast tracking the adoption of electric vehicle technologies.

How much are electric cars?

Electric vehicles are becoming more affordable in Australia, with new battery electric passenger vehicles available for under $50,000.

Electric vehicles are much cheaper to run and maintain than petrol vehicles. You can save up to 70% on fuel and 40% on maintenance costs with an electric car. A typical car travelling 13,700 km a year would save an average of $1,000 (or $1,200 if the vehicle charges overnight on an off peak electricity tariff rate).

A taxi fleet operator who travels 110,000 km each year could save $8,000 in fuel costs by using an electric vehicle.

You can use the Australian Government's Green Vehicle Guide to compare annual fuel costs, energy and fuel consumption of different types of vehicles.

Registration of electric vehicles

Electric vehicles and some low emission petrol-electric hybrid vehicles receive a concession on motor vehicle tax. You can save between $40 and $160 on registration costs depending on the tare weight of your car and whether you use it for business or private purposes.

The discount to the motor vehicle weight tax is automatically applied when you register your car.

To get the discount the vehicle must:

  • be petrol-electric hybrid, diesel-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric
  • have CO2 emissions lower than 150 grams/kilometre (g/km) in the 'combined' driving cycle

See the list of lower taxed vehicles.

Number plate labelling of electric cars

All electric, hybrid and hydrogen vehicles manufactured or modified after 1 January 2019 must have a safety label placed on the front and rear number plates. Find out what you need to do to correctly label your electric car.

Charging an electric car

There are more than 300 public charging points for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in NSW.

To find your nearest charging station, or to plan a long trip in an electric car, you can use the PlugShare website/app or NRMA's network map of fast charging stations.

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