Victoria’s Zero Emission Vehicle Charging Blitz

The Andrews Labor Government is supercharging the state’s zero emissions vehicle journey with $5 million for
a fast-charging network and $3 million in new charging grants for local council and business fleets.

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.

The initiatives − part of Victoria’s $100 million Zero Emissions Vehicle 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.

Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP welcomed plans to ensure that from any town in Victoria, EV drivers
are always within 1 hour of a fast-charger, with the Destination Charging Across Victoria (DCAV) Program
awarding $5 million in grants to install 141 electric vehicle fast-charging stations in 116 tourist and high-use
areas across Victoria.

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 EV Charging for Council Fleets and EV Charging for Business Fleets programs will also provide up to $1.5
million in grant funding for fleet infrastructure for local councils and businesses.

Victoria’s ZEV Roadmap is the most comprehensive plan of its kind in Australia and will help Victoria hit its ZEV
target of 50 per cent of all new light vehicle sales by 2030, a key part of halving our emissions by 2030 as we
work towards our target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

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 Zero emissions vehicles (energy.vic.gov.au), and find
out more on the ZEV Subsidy at Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Subsidy | Solar Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“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.”

“By investing in charging infrastructure and our ZEV Subsidy, we are accelerating the take-up of this low emissions technology and creating a ZEV revolution, which is helping us achieve our ambitious plan to halve emissions by 2030.”

Quote attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP

“An electric vehicle fast-charging station in Belgrave is a great win for the region and will ensure the Yarra
Ranges remains a tourist destination of choice throughout Victoria’s net-zero transformation.”

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