SA Vehicle Carbon Emissions Tax: What You Need To Know
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South African Vehicles And Carbon Emissions

We all know how important it is to limit carbon emissions and the area that concerns us here is the emissions of the cars we drive. There is a broad consensus among drivers, the motor industry and the government that we have to make changes to the motor industry to lower emissions as a matter of urgency – with the aim of achieving zero emissions sometime between 2030 and 2050.

To drive home this goal, Nissan Global has a two-pronged approach to reducing carbon emissions. On the one hand, the government has introduced a carbon tax to underpin the point and put a quantifiable goal on what they want to achieve. On the other hand, a lot of work is being done by the government and industry to educate the public and help change our decision choices.

What Is Carbon Emissions Tax

South Africa introduced a carbon emissions tax on vehicles in 2010 and this was significantly updated in 2019. The tax was calculated on a vehicle’s emissions above 120g/km and will grow at the Consumer Price Index (inflation rate) plus a couple of percent. In addition, the 120g/km limit has since been reduced to 95g/km.

The formulae used are very complicated, so let’s look at how this will be applied and consider some practical examples.

The tax is a projection of how much a specific car will emit over its typical lifetime use. This amount is added to the purchase price of a vehicle and you, the buyer, will pay it.

A mid-level hatch costing R300k used to have a tax of around R4,000 added to the purchase price, but in 2020 that nearly doubled and the CPI growth keeps making this tax bigger. Paying this tax is seen as a strong incentive to motivate us to achieve a greater goal. A simple example of this is the shopping bag – previously seen flapping in the wind on a barbed wire fence and polluting the flora of our beautiful country. Since charging a small levy per bag was implemented – you hardly see a discarded grocery bag anymore.

The Benefits Of A Lower Carbon Footprint

We all have an interest in lowering carbon and carbon dioxide emissions. The first is purely for climate change reasons and the second is to achieve better air quality as well.

The road to zero emissions will be very difficult, but it is in our own best interests to do our part in curbing harmful emissions. So let’s look at the carbon footprint of new Nissan vehicles in South Africa.

CO2 Emissions Of Nissan Vehicles In South Africa

Nissan Range/ Model Carbon Emissions Level g/km
GT-R 275
Almera MT 149
Almera AT 171
Micra 0.9-L and 1.0-L 115
Magnite 5MT 125
Magnite CVT 142
Qashqai MT 146
Qashqai CVT 138
X-Trail Visia, Acenta, Tekna 197
X-Trail dCI 139
Navara Enquire from dealer
Patrol 343
NP200 192

Nissan’s Green Initiatives To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Nissan is an international leader in lowering carbon emissions. Its approach is multi-faceted and much of what it does is far wider than only CO2 emissions.

In a nutshell, Nissan recognises that carbon emissions are not only caused by a vehicle’s performance and fuel type, but by other factors as well. These include traffic conditions and how the vehicle is driven.

The first step Nissan is taking towards the use of cleaner energy is by expanding its range of EVs and e-Power technology vehicles.

Another step Nissan is considering is helping improve driver behaviour through connected technology and coaching.

The third step is to change vehicle usage patterns by expanding mobility services and the use of vehicles, including shared vehicle technology.

Nissan also invests heavily in green technology such as better batteries, cleaner manufacturing methods and recycling old EV parts.

Nissan’s Vehicles

Thanks to the millions of dollars of research that Nissan has put into their vehicle, you know that the next brand new Nissan that you buy from Group1 Nissan will have cutting-edge fuel-saving and carbon dioxide emissions technology.


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