Monday, June 24, 2024

Victorian Government fires up EV charger funding

The Victorian Government is calling for councils, businesses and community organisations to install electric vehicle charging stations across the state, announcing $5million in funding to expand Victoria’s network of fast-chargers.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the grants will see more charging stations installed across Victoria to meet the surge in demand for zero emissions vehicles.

She said regional Victoria would receive 80% of the funding, giving electric vehicle owners the confidence to travel across the state.

“This will make it easier for electric vehicle drivers to make the trips they need, knowing that there will be a charging station when they need, where they need,” the Minister said.

“Our support for electric vehicles will play a key role in halving our emissions by 2030.”

The $5 million in funding will deliver around 100 charging stations across Victoria. The Government says it will work with successful applicants to maximise the number of chargers that can be delivered.

Minister for Public Transport, Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll said the initiative would help meet Victoria’s target that 50% of all new car sales be zero emission vehicles by 2030.

“The transport sector is a significant contributor to our emissions, and our investments are making electric cars a vehicle for change,” Mr Carroll said.

The transport sector accounts for 25% of Victoria’s total carbon emissions. He said electric vehicles would reduce emissions, while also reducing the amount of air and noise pollution, making Victorian cities and towns more liveable.  

“This funding will expand the extensive existing network of chargers at locations like shopping centres, hotels, restaurants and tourist destinations. By expanding the locations, particularly in regional Victoria, we are giving electric vehicle owners confidence that they can charge their cars when they need and where they need.”

The 100 new fast chargers will be located across Victoria and will range from 11kW to 100kW.

Applications are open until 5:00pm on Friday, 23 July. For more information, visit energy.vic.gov.au/DCAV.

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