EV Percentage of All Vehicles in NZ

Although the New Zealand EV market has experienced growth in numbers, it still represents a very small portion of the overall light vehicle market.

With the exception of the July 2021 clean car rebate introduction, the percentage has remained flat since the end of 2018.

In 2019 and 2020 the EV fleet size increased – but only at the same rate as the number of petrol/diesel vehicles. From 2021 new vehicles began to overtake used imports (i.e. Nissan Leaf) in registration numbers.

New and Used Import Percentage By Month

Light EV Percentage By Year

This chart shows the percentage of light vehicle registrations that were EVs (BEV and PHEV) for each calendar year.

The rebate has had an obvious impact on 2021 to date.

According to the EECA, by 2030 over 50% of monthly vehicle sales need to be electric in order to meet emissions reduction targets.

NZ Compared to Other Countries

2020 was a year of massive growth in EV market share around the world, despite the pandemic. 2021 looks to be even bigger, with current month-on-month figures showing 100-200% growth.

However New Zealand’s EV market share is modest compared to Europe and China.

Norway is not shown in the ADR report. The adoption of EVs in Norway has been so rapid, that it is an outlier. In 2020 only 17% of all vehicle sales were petrol or diesel. Full electric vehicles (BEVs) were 54% of all vehicle sales. BEVs and PHEVs combined accounted for 74% of all new vehicle sales.


  • New – NZ new BEVs and PHEVs.
  • Used – Used import BEVs and PHEVs.
  • Data Sources: Updated monthly from EV fleet data at Te Manatu Waka / Ministry of Transport. Also Roland Berger ADR#9, Consultancy UK. *The NZ percentage is not part of the ADR, but is drawn from the MoT tables.
By James Foster
Updated as at October 31, 2021