Updated: Jan 17
Bright Spark Power staff are encouraged to buy electric vehicles, with easy access to our great value Aussie Car and Home electric vehicle owner electricity plan, bundled with home charger installation. The NSW Government this year announced further incentives for NSW residents looking to make the switch to an EV. Here's the experience of the newest staff electric car, on how to claim and take advantage of the NSW Government EV rebates.
What are the rebates available in NSW when you buy an EV?
The NSW Government are offering two separate rebates to help reduce the upfront cost of purchasing an electric vehicle. NSW Government EV-rebate The first is a $3,000 rebate for the first 25,000 new battery electric (or hydrogen fuel cell) vehicles with a dutiable value of less than $68,750 registered after 1 September 2021. The rebates were announced in October 2021 and backdated to the start of September, so if you registered your vehicle after 1 September, you could still qualify for the rebate. NSW Government abolition of stamp duty on EVs The second is the abolition of stamp duty on eligible new and used EVs purchased up to $78,000 (dutiable value) in NSW. This is not limited to 25,000 vehicles, but was backdated from 1 September 2021, so if you have registered an EV after this date you can claim back your stamp duty. Make sure you check your price when you are buying your car as eventually we hope to see car sellers be able to remove the stamp duty and quote a lower drive away price. For now, our team member had to pay the stamp duty up front. What was the electric car and price purchased in our example? Our team member purchased a brand new Tesla Model 3, online, picked up from the Chatswood showroom. There is a list of cars provided on the NSW government EV rebate application website where you can check your model or the one you intend to buy is listed Timeline of purchase:
08 October 2021 - The car was 'reserved' online on 8 October
09 October 2021 - Confirmed by a sales associated on 9 October
11 October 2021 - Registration documents were requested via text
20 October 2021 - Registration documents were returned
11 November 2021 - Delivery schedule request sent by text
22 November 2021 - Delivery (to Sydney showroom) scheduled for 22 November
18 November 2021 - Final payment reminder sent
18 November 2021 - Payment transfer made in bank branch
19 November 2021 - The vehicle was registered
22 November 2021 - Car picked up 10.30am
How to claim the NSW Government EV rebate and stamp duty rebate?
To claim the NSW government EV rebates you need to follow the prompts on the NSW government website. It is not claimed via service NSW. You must first create an 'electric vehicle' account with them. To create the account you will answer a prequalification questionnaire, as shown in the picture
You then need to claim each of the EV rebates separately, so be ready for some clunky duplication of work.
What documents do I need to prove and claim the NSW Government EV rebates? You need to have on hand several documents in order to claim your rebates, including
A photograph of your drivers license
A photo of the certificate of registration
For proof of registration our team member uploaded both the final order invoice as found in the Tesla 'glovebox' in your online Tesla account (if you got a Tesla), as well as the final invoice showing the final paid amount. One of these documents was uploaded into 'other information' where there is space to upload additional documents if you are unsure which are the best to provide.
The document requirements are the same for both applications as the dealer certificate of registration should show the stamp duty amount paid as well as prove it was registered in your name. It is clunky to do this twice but we are guessing that the EV rebate limit at 25,000 will make the first process redundant and you will only need to claim the NSW government EV stamp duty rebate once the quota has been reached.
How long does it take to get money back from the NSW Government EV rebate? Once the applications were submitted the application summary said that they aim to complete the assessment within 15 business days
Timeline of NSW Government EV Rebate:
24 November - The rebates were applied for (at 11pm though, so really 25th)
7 December - checked the portal but only one rebate said 'in progress'
8 December - received an email saying an out come had been decide
8 December - the portal showed the stamp duty refund as being approved, the rebate was shown as 'in progress
9 December - the portal showed the EV rebate as approved
9 December - at 12.30pm when showing approved the money had not arrived, but by 8pm that night the refund for both NSW government stamp duty rebates was in the bank account
All up that was application to payment in 11 business days
How much money was received back from NSW government EV rebates? The 'drive away' cost of the vehicle with Tesla was $65,937, which included $1000 to get the Model 3 in 'midnight silver'. The stamp duty refund was $2,250 The EV rebate amount was $3,000 This made the total cost of the vehicle $60,687 How is the team member charging the vehicle? Our staff member has their Bright Spark Power EV charger wall box installation booked for early January, which suited their schedule. They are currently parking the car in front of the garage with an extension cable charging the car overnight and no reported issues so far. How much does it cost to charge the vehicle? Our team member is in the Ausgrid area on the Bright Spark Power Aussie Flat Rate electricity plan. The current price per kWh is 21.99 cents (as at 13 December 2021). The model 3 purchased by the team member is the standard plus, which has a battery size of 50kWh so in theory a full charge (about 400km depending on driving conditions) costs $10.99. When we install the team members Home EV charger we will also upgrade their meter to a smart meter and they will switch to the Bright Spark Power Aussie Car and Home electricity plan where they will be able to charge off-peak for 19 hours of the day at 15.99 cents per kWh (peak hours 3pm-8pm, all other times are off-peak). That will be about $7.99 per 400km. The team member has bought the EV as a second vehicle. They report that their other vehicle, a Kia Sorento 7 seater at last refuel cost $105.67 for approximately 575km. Quite a dramatic difference.
Call or email Bright Spark Power to start a conversation about electric vehicle charging at home or work. No matter where you are in your journey to owning an electric vehicle, we can help you navigate what is possible for your personal EV-charging. Call 1300 010 277 weekdays or email firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.