The DCAV program is closed for applications. Applications have been assessed, providing:

  • grants to 32 applicants
  • $5 million in grant funding
  • planned installation of approximately 141 electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations within approximately 116 high-use areas and tourist spots across regional and metropolitan Victoria.

Objectives

The DCAV program is making it easier for Victorians to charge their electric vehicles by establishing an EV fast-charging network at key tourist destinations and regional towns across Victoria that will:

  • make EV fast-charging technology readily available at destination locations, including recreational community destinations and high-use locations;
  • ensure even coverage of fast-charging infrastructure that is readily available for Victorians across the state;
  • create project supply chain and local jobs, i.e. skills, capabilities and services across each service area;
  • consider broader economic and social benefits for Victorian communities; and
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

By creating an EV fast-charging network at key tourist destinations and high-use locations, it allows EVs to be charged while EV drivers go about their business. These chargers, depending on their power rating, can provide 100 km worth of range in as little as 10 minutes.

Destination fast-chargers give EV owners the confidence that they can top up on charge when they need to and are searchable online (ie plugshare.com). By expanding this critical infrastructure, Victoria is laying the groundwork for the increased take-up of ZEVs, as highlighted in our Zero Emissions Vehicles Roadmap, helping us to reach our target of 50 per cent of all new light vehicle sales to be ZEV by 2030.

Funding outcomes

Projects totalling over $4.3 million in grant funding have been allocated across regional Victoria and over $650,000 across metropolitan Melbourne.

DCAV program successful projects (DOCX, 291.1 KB).

The key objective of the DCAV program is to ensure geographical spread of EV chargers across the State of Victoria. The DCAV program complements existing, in-progress and soon-to-commence charging infrastructure initiatives taking place across Victoria. These initiatives were considered when assessing applications, resulting in the final selection of locations and a reallocation of a portion of metropolitan funding to regional locations.

Charger locations

The 32 applications provide geographical coverage across Victoria with chargers proposed for installation in locations including, but not limited to:

  • shopping complexes
  • public parks
  • community centres and libraries
  • visitor information centres
  • Melbourne hospitals, tourist attractions such as the Great Ocean Road, Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Queen Victoria Market.

Applicants were required to demonstrate project alignment with the implementation phase of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance’s Charging the Regions report. The report identifies the current state of the Victorian EV charging network, including a list of 31 priority towns as well as the balance between the speed of the charger and the likely dwell time of the user.

Applications for priority towns from the Charging the Regions report were viewed favourably and all applications were considered in the broader context outlined above with a focus on the balance between coverage and user experience.

Map of Victoria with State Government charger locations

DCAV and other existing State Government supported EV charger sites

Map courtesy of Bing

Barwon South WestGrampiansGippslandHumeLoddon MalleePort Phillip
KillarneyAraratYarramBroadfordKynetonYarra Glen
BellbraeStawellHeyfieldKilmoreMilduraMoorabbin
GrovedaleLancefieldTraralgonCobramHeathcoteTullamarine
NorlaneDunkeldMorwellWodongaBendigoRichmond
TorquayEdenhopeSan RemoWallanEchucaFitzroy
ColacWarracknabealCowesShepparton Werribee
Barwon HeadsKanivaMaffraWangaratta Portsea
PortlandMacedonPaynesvilleBenalla Abbotsford
Port FairySt ArnaudLochYarrawonga Melbourne
CamperdownBeaufortMirboo NorthBeechworth Parkville
CastertonHepburn SpringsMeeniyanCorryong Belgrave
DartmoorTrenthamBruthenAlexandra Warburton
HamiltonCreswickLakes EntranceMansfield Healesville
WarrnamboolInvermayOrbostBright Red Hill
Lorne Cann RiverNagambie Glen Waverley
Anglesea BairnsdaleYackandandah Mount Waverley
Aireys Inlet LeongathaTabilk Malvern
Winchelsea KorumburraTatura Rosebud
Queenscliffe Foster  Mordialloc
Apollo Bay Mallacoota  Camberwell
  Buchan  Hawthorn
  Wonthaggi  Scoresby
  Warragul  Heidelberg
  Newhaven   
  Inverloch   
  Grantville   

Contact us

If you have any questions relating to the DCAV program please email zev@delwp.vic.gov.au.