Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2006
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Tax relief, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Taxes
Policy Target:Transport>Vehicle type>Light-duty vehicles, Transport>Vehicle type>Heavy-duty vehicles, Transport>Vehicle type>Passenger vehicles
Agency:Swedish Transport Agency
Legal References:Act on Road Tranpsort Taxation (Vägtrafikskattelagen (2006:227)); Act With Special Provisions Concerning Vehicle Tax (Lag (2006:228) med särskilda bestämmelser om fordonsskatt)

As from 1 July 2009, new vehicles with lower emissions of carbon dioxide (green vehicles according to the old green vehicle definition) are exempt from annual vehicle tax for the first five years.

On 1 January 2013, more stringent criteria for the five-year exemption, involving weight-based carbon dioxide emission requirements, were introduced. The tax exemption was also extended to include motorhomes, light goods vehicles and light buses. This means that passenger cars, motorhomes, light goods vehicles and light buses brought into use in Sweden for the first time on or after 1 January 2013 are exempt from annual vehicle tax for the first five years, provided that their carbon dioxide emissions (according to data in the Road Traffic Registry) do not exceed a maximum level calculated in relation to the vehicle’s weight (green vehicles according to the new definition).

At the beginning of 2012, a super-green vehicle rebate of up to SEK 40,000 was introduced for new vehicles emitting a maximum of 50 g CO2/km (super-green vehicles). See new, separate entry on super-green car premium.


In 2011, the definition of a green car, which could benefit from a taxation exemption, contained the following requirements:

  • For conventional passenger cars, including electric hybrids, average CO2 emissions may not exceed 120 gCO2/km (for diesel cars, there is an additional requirement that particle emissions do not exceed 5 mg/km).
  • For passenger cars that run on alternative fuels (other than petrol, diesel and LPG), fuel consumption may not exceed 0.92 litres of petrol/10 km or 0.97 m³ of gas/10 km.
  • For electric cars, electric energy consumption per 100 km may not exceed 37 kWh.
25 Energy Efficiency Recommendations Applied:Transport

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