The Destination Charging Across Victoria Program will mean that drivers in any Victorian town will now be 1 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.
Most importantly, the investment will create jobs for workers installing charging stations, including electricians and technicians.
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 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.
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.
Reviewed 27 October 2022