Victoria is working to encourage adoption of zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) to ensure a timely transition to net-zero emissions by 2050.

One of the biggest (and growing) sources of greenhouse gas emissions is the transport sector – in fact, it accounts for 25% of Victoria’s total carbon emissions. ZEVs - using clean, renewable energy - can provide opportunities to achieve significant reductions in these emissions, while also reducing the amount of air pollution, making our cities and towns more liveable.

The Destination Charging Across Victoria (DCAV) Program provides $5 million in grants to establish a fast-charging network across Victoria. 80% of this fund will be spent on fast-chargers in regional Victoria.

The DCAV program will help businesses, councils and community organisations install public EV fast-charging stations.

The aim of the DCAV program is to establish an EV fast-charging network at key destinations across the state. By creating an EV fast-charging network with power ratings between 11 kW – 100 kW at key tourist destinations and high-use locations, it allows EVs to be charged while EV drivers go about their business. These chargers will provide EVs with 100 km worth of battery power in 10 to 100 minutes.

Destination fast-chargers give EV owners the confidence that they can top up on charge when they need to, reducing ‘range anxiety’. EV owners can find the locations of chargers online (such as plugshare.com) and can plan their trip accordingly. By upgrading this critical infrastructure, Victoria is laying the groundwork for the increased take-up of zero emissions vehicles, helping us to reach our target of 50% of all new light vehicle sales to be ZEV by 2030.

Objectives

The DCAV program aims to establish an electrical vehicle (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, reducing ‘range anxiety’;
  • 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.

Funding

$5 million in grants is available to deliver the DCAV program which includes:

  • up to $4 million to support the installation of EV fast-chargers (11 kW – 100 kW fast-chargers) in regional priority towns and locations; and
  • up to $1 million for the installation of EV fast-chargers (11 kW – 100 kW fast-chargers) at metropolitan destinations.

Program timeline

MilestoneDate
Applications open24 June 2021
Applications close13 August 2021
Applications evaluationAugust/September 2021
Applications approvalNovember 2021
Successful applicants notifiedNovember 2021
Finalise funding agreementsJanuary 2022
Completion of projectsJuly 2023

Key program documents

Application Guidelines (DOCX, 2.5 MB) – updated 26 July 2021 (update to project timelines  - see questions 57 and 58 within FAQs for further details).

FAQs (DOCX, 313.7 KB) – updated 26 July 2021 (additional FAQs added)

Contact us

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