Thursday 9 December 2021


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 Werribee Tim Pallas 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, and find out more on the ZEV Subsidy at

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 Werribee Tim Pallas

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