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.

Transport is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the state and the fastest growing source of emissions in Australia. 

South Australia is committed to reducing our total greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent (to 40 per cent of 1990 levels) by 2050. To help achieve this, the state government has developed a Low Emission Vehicle Strategy to increase the proportion of these vehicles on the state's roads. The strategy identifies ways to remove or reduce barriers to these vehicles and accelerate their uptake by South Australians.


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 (728.0 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: dpti.vehicle.standards@sa.gov.au

Related information

On this site

Chartered Professional Engineers - MR426 (438.4 KB PDF)

Other websites

Low emission vehicles

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