Councils can apply for new funding of $127.9 million to integrate zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) technology into their vehicle fleet operations.
The money is being disbursed under the Federal Government’s Future Fuels Program and will be available for light vehicle fleet operators to install charging and electrical infrastructure.
Heavy fleet operators will also be able to apply for funding towards enabling infrastructure and some support for vehicle costs.
The program is administered by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), which is also looking to fund projects that incorporate hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and refuelling infrastructure.
Round 1 of the program in 2020 helped fund 403 new electric vehicle fast-charging stations in every state and territory. The first of these was completed and opened for the public on 8 November 2021.
The new funding will build on the early successes of the Future Fuels Fund and drive the shift to ZEVs, according to ARENA CEO Darren Miller.
“Assisting fleet users to move to zero-emissions vehicles means getting more zero-emission cars and trucks on the road sooner, driving the road transport sector toward a net-zero future,” Mr Miller said.
Click here to learn more about the Future Fuels Fund and the application process.