About low emission vehicles

Each year, vehicles in South Australia consume approximately 2.3 billion litres of fossil fuels and generate around 6.3 million tonnes of greenhouse gases.

Low emission vehicles, which have relatively low greenhouse gas and air toxic emissions compared with conventional vehicles, can limit the amount of these pollutants and their harmful effects on human health, the environment and the climate. They include a range of types, including electric, hybrid, and alternative fuel cars.

You can find information about these vehicles on the federal government's Green Vehicle Guide website, which rates new Australian vehicles based on their greenhouse and air pollution emissions.

South Australia is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50% by 2030 and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Read the South Australian Government Climate Change Action Plan 2021-2025.


Manager Environment Policy
Level 9, Roma Mitchell House
136 North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000
Email: DPTI.LowEmissionVehicles@sa.gov.au

Conversion to electric drive

This document provides you with the requirements to convert a combustion engine vehicle to an electric powered vehicle MR 648 Conversion to Electric Drive (254.4 KB PDF).

If you are converting a light vehicle to electric you will need to submit an MR 620 Application to modify motor vehicle (891.8 KB PDF) to Vehicle Standards.

If you are building a one off new construction electric vehicle you will need to submit a MR 623 Application to build an Individually Constructed vehicle (808.4 KB PDF) to Vehicle Standards.


Department for Infrastructure and Transport
Vehicle Standards
Phone: 1300 882 248
Email: vehiclestandards@sa.gov.au

Related information

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Chartered Professional Engineers - MR426 (438.4 KB PDF)

Other websites

Incentives for electric vehicles

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