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Fast charging grants FAQS

Eligibility and merit criteria

What is a bid?

In line with the guidelines, a bid refers to an application for funding from the EV fast charging grants made up of a proposal of one or more charging stations.

Can the applicant be an overseas company, or does it have to be an Australian entity?

All applicants must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be an entity incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001.

What if I meet the eligibility criteria, but am unable to address all requirements of the merit criteria?

It is recommended all questions are completed as thoroughly as possible to ensure your site/s have the best chance of being selected for co-funding. Each application will be reviewed by an assessment panel with the final decision based on competitive analysis of sites across all applications and the applicant’s ability to address the merit criteria.

Will areas outside of the priority zones be considered for co-funding?

Yes, but applicants will need to demonstrate that charging stations proposed outside of a priority green zone meet objectives outlined in the funding guidelines.

How should the requirement for 2 x 350 kW bays and 2 x 175 kW bays be interpreted?

We are looking to provide a world class ultra-fast charging network, future-proofed for an increase in EVs, improvements in charging capabilities and caters to vehicle technology not currently available. 

That is why funding is being made available through these grants to ensure a 500 kVA minimum connection threshold, allowing for financial assistance to upgrade the grid where network augmentation is required. The 500kVA connection can come solely from the grid or from the grid and other energy generation/storage options on site (see eligible expenditure on page 56 of the funding guidelines).
 
Each charging station within a bid requires a minimum of 2 chargers that service 4 bays, with a minimum of 2 of those bays being able to charge an EV at a theoretical peak speed of 350 kW (+/-15%) and remaining 2 bays at theoretical peak speeds of 175 kW (+/-20%), and all stations must also include slow charging redundancy options. Theoretical peak speed means that the single charging unit must be able to charge one vehicle at that speed, or 2 vehicles at half the theoretical peak speed simultaneously. 

So long as these minimum requirements are met we will accept capacity combinations, such as: 

  • Two 350 kW charging units that service 2 bays each (able to charge vehicles at two bays at theoretical peak speaks of 350 kW (+/- 20%) or 2 vehicles at 175 kW simultaneously). 
  • Two 350 kW charging units that service one bay each, with one 175 kW charging unit servicing the other 2 bays (able to charge one vehicle per bay at a theoretical peak speed of 175kW (+/- 20%), or 2 vehicles at 87.5kW simultaneously).
  • Two 350 kW charging units and two 175 kW chargers, with each charger servicing one bay.

Relevant eligibility text can be found on page 22 of the funding guidelines and reads as follows:

To be eligible your project must meet the following minimum requirements: 

  • a minimum of 2 chargers to service a minimum of 4 bays concurrently (i.e. 4 charging plugs) 
  • a minimum of 2 charging bays rated at a minimum of 175 kW per bay (+/- 20%) 
  • a minimum of 2 charging bays rated at a minimum of 350 kW per bay (+/-15%)
  • includes redundancy in the system (e.g. an additional 22 kW AC plug) 
  • has a minimum connection of 500 kVA to site (where applicable) 
  • evidence where a proposed station connection capacity of 500 kVA is not possible (including evidence for rationale behind reduced connection size), and the proposed new total site connection capacity. 
How do I know if my network connection is viable to meet the criteria?

It is important to understand what increase in your network may be required to facilitate your network connection early in the project scoping stage. There are three electricity distribution network service providers (DNSPs) in NSW, each responsible for a specific geographic region in NSW. They are Ausgrid, Essential Energy and Endeavour Energy. You will need to contact the relevant DNSP for your site and liaise with them to determine the expansion requirements to connect your facility.

Who arranges and pays for the network connection for my site if it is maintained by the DNSP?

You are required to arrange and fund this process, as part of the site development. The DNSP will manage the connection process and provide information on the suitability and viability of the network connection, infrastructure upgrades and overall network connection costs.

The DNSP will advise what work is required to increase the grid for your connection, but they will not carry out any works. You will need to engage a qualified accredited service provider (ASP) who will liaise with the DNSP and complete the relevant work, which will be funded by your project. A list of ASPs is here (NSW ASP list).

I don’t have the required expertise inhouse to run the project; will the department provide assistance?

No. You will need to demonstrate either the ability to manage these projects or procure expertise as part of your bid.

Application and funding

Can I apply for multiple sites across multiple priority zones or is there a limit?

Yes, you can apply for multiple sites across multiple priority green zones. However, each applicant cannot apply for more than $15 million worth of co-funding in round one.

Can the 50% of the private funding be made up by multiple parties?

Yes. Charging stations within a bid must be at least 50% privately funded, which can be financed by the applicant, their partners or other sources of funding such as financiers or local governments.

What if my bid to install and operate charging stations exceeds 50% government co-funding?

The co-funding limit is 50% of the TPV for all charging stations included in a bid. Applicants are welcome to request more than 50% of funding for individual charging stations within their bid, as long as the total funding request does not exceed 50% of the total project value across the entire bid.

Can the co-funding go towards covering the cost of on-site batteries or renewable energy generation sources?

Yes. Our funding contribution for each charging station can include the capital cost for on-site batteries or renewable energy generation sources. This contribution can be pooled across a bid and used for a battery / renewable energy generator(s) on one or multiple charging stations across a bid.

The percentages of milestone payments have changed. Why is that?

As a result of the program’s constant assurance process, a decision was made on 1 March 2022 to amend the percentages of payments for the EV fast charging grants milestones. The new milestone breakdown better reflects when funding will be utilised by grant recipients.

The amendment was made in consultation with our probity advisor and the department’s legal team. 

Assessment and timeframes

How will the department determine if an applicant is successful in receiving co-funding?

Applications must include significant detail on the sites they hope to receive co-funding for, including their ability to develop, finance and operate charging stations to the specifications outlined in the guidelines. These will then be reviewed by an assessment panel on a merit basis.

How has the department ensured there is a fair and equitable selection process?

We have engaged an external probity advisory firm, O’Connor Marsden & Associates Pty Ltd, to ensure the process is fair to all applicants and there is no bias in the selection of charging stations. Please email ocmadmin@ocm.net.au with any questions or queries about this selection process.

When will I know if I am successful or not?

The full application process will take around 20 weeks; stage one review of eligibility and site assessment will take around 3 weeks, with the assessment of final detailed applications in stage two expected to take around 4 weeks. All applicants will be notified whether they are successful or not. This timeframe may change at our discretion.

Does the 2 year timeframe to have charging stations operational include the time it takes to assess my application?

No. Stations must be operational within 2 years of the signing of a funding deed with the department.

Unsuccessful bids and future rounds

If my nominated site is in a priority green zone, but my bid is not successful in round one, can I re-submit a bid for the same site in future rounds?

No. Currently, if you are unsuccessful in round one, you cannot resubmit your bid for the same site in future rounds. This may change in future rounds as the network is built out and at our discretion.

Note, in round one, only one station per priority green zone will be selected to receive co-funding, so if there are multiple bids for co-funding to install and operate fast charging stations within the same zone, only one applicant will be successful.

If my bid is not successful will there be opportunities to apply in future rounds?

Yes. If unsuccessful you will have the opportunity to bid for co-funding for different sites in future funding rounds. However, you cannot resubmit a bid for site/s you were unsuccessful in receiving co-funding.

Funding rounds are intended to occur until 2024, however, this may change at our discretion and with the evolving demand for EV fast-charging stations across the state. Information about upcoming funding rounds will be posted on this website in advance of each round opening. Sign up to our EV mailing list to keep up to date.

Can I use my bid information from round one for future funding rounds as well?

Yes, you can use the information provided, keeping in mind you are not able to reapply for site/s you applied for in round one. We also strongly encourage you to check if any charging stations are being developed near your chosen locations. Planned charging stations from each round will be published on the NSW fast charging Master Plan.

Getting help

I am having problems submitting a bid through the department’s grants management system; where do I seek help?

Any submission issues for the online grants management platform (SmartyGrants) can contact the SmartyGrants help desk at service@smartygrants.com.au. The help desk team are available during AST business hours.

Any EV technical advice or grant relevant questions can be submitted by email to electric.vehicles@environment.nsw.gov.au. We will endeavour to resolve these enquiries within 3 business days, unless complex in nature.

What support does the department provide for applicants through this process?

We will host an information session at the beginning of each round, which will be recorded and made available online for the duration of the round.

An online information session for the first round will be hosted on Wednesday 2 February, 10-11.30am AEST (TBC). Sign up to our EV mailing list to be one of the first to know about future round information sessions.

Following the information session, additional questions can be directed to electric.vehicles@environment.nsw.gov.au.

Privacy and confidentiality

My bid contains personal information. How does the department manage this information?

We have legal obligations under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) in relation to the collection, storage, access, use and disclosure of personal information.

If collecting your personal information, we will provide you with a privacy statement at the time of collection that details how this information will be managed in accordance with privacy law.

My application includes commercially sensitive information. Will this be kept confidential?

Information of a confidential nature provided as part of or in connection with any bid, will be treated as commercial-in-confidence information and only disclosed with the consent of the applicant.

However, commercial-in-confidence information may be disclosed:

  • to the minister/the minister’s Office
  • to department staff
  • to relevant parties for auditing and review purposes
  • where authorised or required by law to be disclosed.
How will the department ensure that information provided from the site host EOI process will be kept confidential with the charging providers it is shared with?

CPOs interested in obtaining locations and contact details for funding must contact the electric.vehicles@environment.nsw.gov.au mailbox to request a copy of the site host EOI list.

The CPOs that apply for a copy of the EOI site list will be asked to complete a declaration and we will complete some preliminary background screening of the organisation before we share a private link to access the list of potential sites.