We’re working to make NSW the easiest place to buy and use an electric vehicle (EV) in Australia, with a $149 million investment to develop a world-class charging network across the state.
A key action under the NSW Electric Vehicle Strategy, this investment will support and encourage growth of the EV market by:
- overcoming range anxiety through the development of a broad, visible and accessible fast charging network across NSW
- ensuring connectivity between metropolitan and regional areas
- future-proofing the EV charging network past 2030
- co-funding private industry to build, own and operate the charging stations
- maximising grid support and reducing emissions.
Funding fast charging stations
The Drive electric NSW EV fast charging grants will support charge point operators (CPOs) to construct fast charging stations across the state.
Grant funding will be offered through a competitive two-stage application process. Stage one will assess eligibility and basic site details. If applicants meet the assessment criteria, they will be invited to apply for stage two, which includes a detailed application on the identified sites.
Applicants must fund a minimum of 50% of the total project capital cost and can apply for up to $15 million in funding across multiple locations in round one. Co-funding can also include renewable energy generation and battery storage for EV charging stations.
Funding will be prioritised for projects that can demonstrate both value for money and merit, including building regional charging stations, innovation in station design and diversity of locations proposed.
Before you apply for funding
To help you prepare an application make sure you read:
The guidelines provide important information about the application requirements and information about the assessment process.
The guidelines cover:
- timeframes for submissions and assessment of competitive bids
- how co-funding is allocated as well as caps and exclusions
- minimum performance standards required for an eligible application
- eligibility and merit criteria
- what co-funding can and cannot be used for
- priority and optimal zones
- the grant selection process
- terms and conditions applicants must comply with if successful.
The first round will allocate up to $35 million to co-fund the construction of EV fast charging stations. Round one will be open from Monday 7 February to mid June 2022 for CPOs to apply for funding to construct EV charging stations in identified priority zones.
There will be multiple funding rounds until 2024 to support the construction of EV fast charging stations across the state.
Round one, stage one applications are now closed.
Priority zones and site hosts
The EV fast charging master plan identifies optimal and priority zones that are ideal for future charging stations across NSW.
There are 380 optimal zones across the state, of which 250 are priority zones. These have been split into 107 green zones and 143 blue zones.
Only sites within green zones are eligible for funding in round one. This is set to expand to include locations identified as blue zones in future funding rounds. The list of priority zones can be found in Appendix 4 of the guidelines.
We have also launched a NSW EV fast charging site host prospectus, which outlines the many benefits of hosting EV charging stations, as well as host roles and responsibilities. We encourage site owners and operators across the state that are interested in hosting EV charging stations to complete an expression of interest.
Interested CPOs can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the locations and contact details collected from the site host EOI process. The CPO and site host can then discuss the opportunity to install and operate charging infrastructure at these sites.
Please be aware we are not involved in the negotiations between charging providers and site hosts. We recommend obtaining professional guidance for these negotiations.
Support for applicants
View the recording of our online information session for an overview of the funding model, round one design, application process and application portal walk through.
The following documents are also available to assist potential applicants:
- application check list to help prepare materials for the application
- Template accountant declaration
If you have any further questions once you have read the guidelines, FAQs and supporting documentation please email email@example.com.
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