The Victorian Government has announced $5 million for a fast-charging network and $3 million for new charging grants for local council and business vehicles.
The Destination Charging Across Victoria Program will mean that drivers in any Victorian town will now be one hour away from a fast-charger, with 141 electric vehicle fast-charging stations being installed across the state.
Destinations include shopping complexes, public parks, community centres, libraries, and tourist hot spots such as the Great Ocean Road, Melbourne Zoo, the MCG, and Queen Victoria Market.
The initiatives − part of Victoria’s $100 million Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Roadmap − will significantly ramp up the state’s charging infrastructure and make it easier for Victorians to purchase an electric vehicle.
The investment will also create jobs for workers installing charging stations, including electricians and technicians.
Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, announced the funding along with easier access to the state’s $3,000 zero emission vehicle subsidy – which is now available at the point of sale.
“By expanding critical charging infrastructure for the public, local councils, and businesses, we are laying the groundwork for our target of 50 per cent of all new light vehicle sales to be zero emissions by 2030,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll, said, “The transport sector is the second largest contributor to Victoria’s emissions and our investments are tackling this − making zero emissions vehicles a vehicle for change.”
The EV Charging for Council Fleets and EV Charging for Business Fleets programs will provide up to $3 million in grant funding for fleet infrastructure for local councils and businesses.
The Victorian Government said its ZEV Roadmap is the most comprehensive plan of its kind in Australia and will help the state hit its ZEV target of 50 per cent of all new light vehicle sales by 2030, a key part of halving the state’s emissions by 2030.
There has been a 200 per cent increase in average monthly ZEV sales in the six months since the program started.
More than 1,500 Victorians have already taken advantage of the subsidy, particularly in the western suburbs, with Point Cook and Truganina among the leading suburbs.
Local councils and businesses are encouraged to apply for fleet charging grants before applications close on Friday 21 January 2022.
To apply visit energy.vic.gov.au/renewable-energy/zero-emissions-vehicles, and find out more on the ZEV Subsidy at solar.vic.gov.au/zero-emissions-vehicle-subsidy.