Zero emissions vehicle grants

Expressions of interest for the Commercial Sector Innovation Fund are now closed.

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The Victorian Government is taking strong action to reduce Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. 

This includes significant commitments toward the decarbonisation of the transport sector through Victoria’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Roadmap. 

As part of this roadmap, a ZEV Commercial Sector Innovation Fund (CSIF) has been established to encourage the use of ZEV technology by providing grants to applicants to pilot and/or trial ZEV technology and accelerate business readiness for broader uptake of ZEVs.

The CSIF is a $5 million program that seeks to accelerate the uptake of ZEV technology in commercial settings, including the commercial passenger vehicle, freight and infrastructure industries.

Grants will be offered through an expression of interest (EOI) process. The EOI process will provide the opportunity for a wide range of innovative proposals allowing government to maximise outcomes in this emerging space. 

The maximum grant amount is $2 million and grants must be for projects completed by 1 July 2023.

EOI applications will be individually assessed by a panel supported by subject matter experts. The CSIF will consider a range of proposals, including:

  • direct purchase incentives for ZEVs for commercial fleets or collective purchasing arrangements
  • trials of ZEV technology with specific commercial users/uses (e.g. wheelchair-accessible ZEVs or waste collection vehicles)
  • development and implementation of training to assist the industry’s transition to ZEVs
  • support for vehicle-charging infrastructure within fleet depots; and
  • business case development.

Applications to the CSIF closed on 18 February 2022 and all applications received are currently being assessed. 

All applications will be assessed against the CSIF applicant guidelines:

For questions relating to the CSIF, please contact [email protected]

Assessment criteria

  • Project drivers – what are the key motivating factors behind the project and reasons for its inception
  • Deliverability – the expected likelihood and quality of delivering what is being proposed
  • Benefits - how will the environment, industry, Government or the Victorian community benefit
  • Funding - what funds are being sought from Government, what funds are being or have already been invested
  • Knowledge sharing – how is it proposed that learnings from the proposal are understood, evaluated and shared.