Western Australian Government To Expand EV Rebate Scheme

The Western Australian Government will invest an additional $5.2 million for the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) rebate as part of the 2024-25 state budget to meet expected demand for the scheme.

According to the MTA WA, since the announcement of the ZEV rebate in 2022, sales of electric vehicles in Western Australia have grown significantly, with an almost four-fold increase in sales since June 2022.

Up to 31 March 2024, more than 5,900 ZEV rebate applications were paid to EV owners in the state, totalling almost $20.7 million.

The ZEV scheme provides a $3,500 rebate for people who purchase an eligible vehicle and apply to the Department of Transport. Applications will be accepted until midnight on 10 May 2025.

To be eligible for the rebate, the vehicle must:

  • be a zero-emission vehicle and be fully powered by batteries or hydrogen fuel cells
  • be a light vehicle (vehicle with a gross vehicle mass of 4.5 tonnes or less), including light passenger vehicles such as sedans, hatchbacks and sports utility vehicles (SUVs); light commercial vehicles; and light trucks
  • be granted a vehicle licence in Western Australia on or after 10 May 2022
  • have a maximum dutiable value of $70,000 or less
  • be brand new and not previously registered or licensed in Australia or overseas

The financial incentive, part of the government’s Clean Energy Car Fund, plays an important role in the bigger plan according to Rita Saffioti, the state’s Transport Minister.

“Having so many people purchasing electric vehicles is a step in the right direction as we pursue our goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050,” she said.

Minister Assisting the Transport Minister David Michael said that more than 100,000 people sought further information from the Department of Transport since the government announced the Zero Emissions Vehicle rebate in the 2022 / 2023 state budget.

“The number of Western Australians purchasing ZEVs has exceeded expectations, and the Cook Government is pleased to be able to allocate another $5.2 million to the ZEV Rebate Scheme to enable more drivers to take up the rebate,” he said.