How will the new EEAI and VES schemes affect EV buyers?

Jay Tee

The EV early adopter initiative (EEAI) scheme has been extended but sees a S$15,000 cap on rebates for new EVs in 2024, while VES A2 rebates drop to S$5,000.

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Electric vehicles (EVs) in Singapore are about to get more expensive. A day after the record-breaking COE bidding prices announced on the 20th of September 2023, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and National Environment Agency (NEA) have issued a joint statement of the latest revisions of the EV Early Adoption Incentive (EEAI) scheme and Vehicular Emissions Scheme (VES).

The LTA will be extending the EEAI scheme to the end of 2025. From the 1st of January to 31st of December 2024, EV buyers will continue to receive a 45% rebate off their Additional Registration Fee (ARF) tax. However, the cap for EEAI rebates will be lowered to S$15,000 – a S$5,000 decrease compared to the current scheme.

What’s the maximum rebate for EVs under the revised scheme?

What that means is that if you buy an electric vehicle that is classified under the VES A1 band, you could get a maximum ARF rebate of up to S$40,000 after factoring in both EEAI and VES. The $0 ARF floor still applies until to the end 2024.

However, the VES system will also be revised for 2024, which see VES A2 rebates being lowered to S$5,000 compared to S$15,000 under the current system.

Essentially, if your EV is classified under the VES A2 band, you will only be eligible for a maximum rebate of S$20,000 under the revised VES and EEAI schemes (S$15,000 EEAI rebate + S$5,000 VES A2 rebate).

Aren’t all EVs categorised under VES A1?

Contrary to popular belief, not all electric vehicles are eligible for the VES A1 rebates. At the time of writing, the LTA factors in an emission factor of 0.4g CO2/Wh for EV electrical consumption relative to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. 

Factoring in the CO2 factor (400g CO2/kWh), here’s a table of the EV “CO2 emission” figures based on electrical consumption for the various VES bands from 1st January 2024 onwards:

EV consumption VES bands for 2024

VES BandRebate amountkm/kWhkWh/100kmCO2 (g/km)
A1S$25,0004.444km/kWh22.5kWh/100km≤ 90
(Formerly S$15,000)
B$0 – Neutral2.516km/kWh39.75kWh/100km≤159

How will this affect my EV purchase in 2024?

For the most part, it won’t affect most EV buyers. Not unless you’re looking into purchasing a few specific EVs. Most consumer EVs will be eligible for the full 45% ARF rebate under the VES and EEAI schemes, but there are several models that will be more adversely affected by the VES revisions.

Specifically, the new revisions will see EVs that have efficiency figures higher than 22.5kWh/100km (4.444km/kWh) get a maximum rebate of S$20,000 (a drop from the S$35,000 under the previous schemes). To name a few, the Audi Q8 e-tron 55, BMW iX, BMW i4 M50, Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes-AMG EQS 53, Mercedes-EQ EQV 300, some variants of the Porsche Taycan and the Taycan Cross Turismo.

However, mass-market EVs with lower OMV (open market value) figures like the BYD Atto 3 or MG ZS will be unaffected by the latest change. But buyers who are looking into purchasing premium EVs such as the Hyundai IONIQ 5, Kia EV6, Polestar 2 and BMW i4 would have to fork out a little more given their higher OMV values and reduced S$40,000 ARF rebates.


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Jay Tee

A millennial with the mental age of a quadragenarian, CarBuyer's latest stringer writes and talks about anything with four wheels and a motor. Doesn't fully get TikTok, makes TikToks anyway. Moonlights for TopGear Singapore. Follow him on Instagram (and TikTok) at @jayyteejy

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