26 September 2023

Electric cars to charge across the State

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The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is calling for businesses, Councils and community organisations to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the State.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio announced DELWP’s new $5 million grant program to expand Victoria’s network of fast-chargers, including chargers that gave EVs enough power to drive 100km after 10 minutes of charging.

“The grants will see more charging stations installed across Victoria to meet the surge in demand for zero emissions vehicles,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“Regional Victoria will receive 80 per cent of the funding, giving electric vehicle owners the confidence to travel across the State,” she said.

“The $5 million in funding will deliver around 100 charging stations across Victoria.”

Ms D’Ambrosio said DELWP would work with successful applicants to maximise the number of chargers that could be delivered.

The Minister said the support for public charging infrastructure would help meet Victoria’s target that, by 2030, 50 per cent of all new car sales would be zero emission vehicles.

“This funding will expand the extensive existing network of chargers at locations like shopping centres, hotels, restaurants and tourist destinations,” she said.

“By expanding the locations, particularly in regional Victoria, we are giving electric vehicle owners confidence that they can charge their cars when they need and where they need.”

Ms D’Ambrosio said the 100 new fast chargers would be located across the State and would range from 11kW to 100kW.

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