Driving zero-emission vehicles
The Victorian Government is on track to delivering 400 zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) to the government fleet by 2023 as it drives towards its target of net zero emissions by 2050.
The 2021-22 Victorian Budget allocated $15 million to add 400 ZEVs to the government fleet over two years to upgrade and install electric vehicle supply equipment across government-owned and leased buildings.
Stage one of the program will replace 75 cars with ZEVs by 30 June 2022, with the second stage to see 325 replacements by 30 June 2023.
The ZEV program is well progressed, with more than 100 ZEVs already being ordered this financial year – the first of which have been delivered and are now in use by Victorian Government departments and agencies.
The transport sector accounts for 25 per cent of Victoria’s total carbon emissions. Electric vehicles will reduce emissions, while also reducing the amount of air and noise pollution, making our cities and towns more liveable.
The State Government’s Zero Emissions Vehicle Roadmap, supported by a $100 million dollar package of policies and programs, will ensure Victoria is a leader in the adoption of ZEVs in Australia and will enable the State to take full advantage of the emerging global shift towards this exciting technology.
In public transport, from 2025 all new buses will be zero emissions and the metropolitan train network will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, similar to the Solar Trams Initiative already in place.
As part of the program of adding ZEVs across the government fleet, the initial focus is to purchase small to medium sports utility ZEVs, which are suitable replacements for existing small passenger vehicles.
Vehicle manufacturers have been engaged and are encouraged to make a submission to the motor vehicle state purchase contract in order to participate in the procurement of vehicles.