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Zero Emissions Vehicle Emerging Technologies Program

  • Applications Open: until 16 February 2023
  • Grants: depending on project

Total funding of $3.18 million is available, with no minimum or maximum grant amount per project.

The Zero Emissions Vehicle Emerging Technologies (ZEVET) program aims to support innovative technologies in EV charging, including pilots, trials, demonstrations, and implementation-ready projects to support the ZEV Roadmap target of 50% of all new light vehicle sales to be zero emissions by 2030.

The program provides $3.18 million in funding to support innovative technologies in electric vehicle charging.

Key Requirements

The ZEVET program will support projects that deliver the following outcomes:

  • demonstrate a contribution in meeting the ZEV Roadmap target of 50% of all new light vehicle sales to be zero emissions by 2030
  • build upon EV charging technologies to support the uptake of ZEVs
  • create project supply chains and local jobs, building skills, capabilities and services across each service area
  • where possible, utilise local content such as skills and services, to deliver the project
  • deliver community, economic and social benefit
  • where possible, support smart charging technology manufacturing, installation or maintenance opportunities within the State of Victoria
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions to support Victoria’s legislated net-zero by 2050 emissions reduction target and the business’s targets and strategies.

What is eligible for funding?

The ZEVET program will consider a range of innovative proposals through pilots, trials and demonstrations, which may include but are not limited to:

  • kerbside EV charging in high density areas, or areas with limited off-street parking
  • EV smart charging that will optimise charging during off-peak periods or to maximise self-consumption of electricity generated by solar PV.
  • trials of innovative EV charging technologies such as wireless charging and bidirectional charging, including vehicle to grid.
  • their project is building upon existing EV charging infrastructure technology or development of new EV charging infrastructure technology to support the uptake of ZEVs
  • their project reduces barriers in Victorians transitioning to EVs
  • the physical infrastructure utilised has a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 7 or above
  • their project uses technology that has universal application. Ideally final solutions will adopt the relevant Australian and International standards and be applicable to EVs available within the Australian market.
  • a funding contribution has been secured (preferably a minimum 50% funding contribution towards the project), or evidence of a plan to ensure a funding contribution towards the Project (for example, financial statements/reports, or letter of support)
  • their project commences in June 2023 (DELWP may consider non-conforming project commencements).
  • their project is completed by June 2024.

What companies are eligible for funding?

To meet the Program objectives, applicants:

  • must have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • must operate at premises in Victoria
  • must provide evidence of the duration of operation, for example, financial reports
  • the lead applicant must be one of the following:
    • a commercial-for-profit;
    • not-for-profit entity;
    • community organisation;
    • Victorian-based university, research or training institution;
    • a public sector entity; or
    • a Local Government body.

Is this grant competitive or entitlement based?

Competitive. Your application will be assessed among other applications by a judging panel.

How can I increase my chances of winning this grant?

By engaging an accredited government grants consultant, such as Avant Group.

Competitive grants often require significant business case development and project analysis to support the application, this may include detailed presentations supporting the project’s merit, projected sales, cost-benefit analysis and more.

As part of your engagement with Avant Group, your account manager will assess the required documents and will provide the following as needed to support your grant submission.

Grant application writeup including a detailed presentation illustrating how the grant funding will contribute to your project, how the funding will contribute to the project’s budget, a project milestone plan, delivery timeline, impact on employment if applicable and a breakdown of the management and leadership team for the project

  • Industry analysis presentation
  • Competitor Analysis Presentation
  • Marketing and Sales Analysis Presentation
  • 3-5 year Cashflow Forecast
  • 3-5 year Balance Sheet Forecast
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Grant Funding
  • End-to-end grant application including information collating, analysis and application writing
  • CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) cost-benefit analysis
  • Stakeholder relations and Risk Mitigation Plans
  • Any other relevant forecasting that will support your application

How can I get help with my application? Or know if I’m likely to win funding?

Avant Group offers a no-obligation assessment of your eligibility for funding and will assess your likelihood of a successful grant application.