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Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Grants

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Grants up to $15 million to support charge point operators (CPOs) to construct fast charging stations that will support the uptake of battery electric vehicles.

What is the Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Grants (EVFCG) program?

The NSW Electric Vehicle (EV) Fast Charging Grants program, now in its third round, aims to accelerate the rollout of fast-charging infrastructure across New South Wales. This initiative is a part of the NSW Government’s broader strategy to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 by supporting the transition to electric vehicles and reducing transport sector emissions.

The funding is split across four distinct funding streams with different funding caps and requirements. These streams are standard metropolitan, fast track, standard regional and remote regional.  

EVFCG level of support

1. Standard metropolitan stream

  • Maximum percentage of NSW government contribution per station – 50%
  • Maximum NSW Government funding contribution on average for stations within the stream – $300,000
  • Eligible zones – 67 zones
  • Connection requirements – 500 kVA to site
  • Minimum number of charging bays per station – 4
  • Construction timeframe from signing of funding agreement – 24 months
  • Additional optional funding for installation of at least one pullthrough bay (see Appendix 7. for definition of pull through bay) – $15,000

Charger specification:

  • 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%).

2. Fast-track metropolitan stream

  • Maximum percentage of NSW government contribution per station – 70%
  • Maximum NSW Government funding contribution on average for stations within the stream – $450,000
  • Eligible zones – 14 zones
  • Connection requirements – 750 kVA to site
  • Minimum number of charging bays per station – 8
  • Construction timeframe from signing of funding agreement – 18 months
  • Additional optional funding for installation of at least one pullthrough bay (see Appendix 7. for definition of pull through bay) – $15,000

Charger specification:

  • A minimum of 4 chargers to service a minimum of 8 bays concurrently (i.e., 8 charging plugs).
  • A minimum of 6 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%).

3. Standard regional stream

  • Maximum percentage of NSW government contribution per station – 50%
  • Maximum NSW Government funding contribution on average for stations within the stream – $550,000
  • Eligible zones – 40 zones
  • Connection requirements – 500 kVA to site
  • Minimum number of charging bays per station – 4
  • Construction timeframe from signing of funding agreement – 24 months
  • Additional optional funding for installation of at least one pullthrough bay (see Appendix 7. for definition of pull through bay) – $15,000

Charger specification

  • 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%).

4. Remote regional stream

  • Maximum percentage of NSW government contribution per station – 80%
  • Maximum NSW Government funding contribution on average for stations within the stream – $650,000
  • Eligible zones – 19 zones
  • Connection requirements – 250 kVA to site
  • Minimum number of charging bays per station – 4
  • Construction timeframe from signing of funding agreement – 24 months
  • Additional optional funding for installation of at least one pullthrough bay (see Appendix 7. for definition of pull through bay) – $15,000

Charger specification:

  • A minimum of 2 chargers to service a minimum of 4 bays concurrently (i.e., 4 charging plugs).
  • A minimum of 4 charging bays rated at a minimum of 150 kW per bay.

EVFCG important dates

  • Applications close: Thursday, 3 October 2024
  • The grants are administered as an open, competitive single-stage program.
  • Application Stage: 14 weeks
  • Assessment of Bids: 9 weeks
  • Contract Signing: 5 weeks
  • Register your interest with GrantHelper

Other EVFCG important details that you will need to know

The main objectives of the grants are to:

  • Overcome Range Anxiety: Develop a broad, visible, and accessible fast charging network.
  • Ensure Connectivity: Create EV super highways with fast charging infrastructure no more than 100 km apart on major highways.
  • Future-Proof the Network: Offer high capacity chargers catering to existing and future EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs).
  • Maximise Grid Support: Ensure sites are powered by 100% renewable energy and encourage on-site battery storage solutions.
  • Support Additional Projects: Use co-funding to build new stations that wouldn’t be constructed otherwise.

 

Eligible applicants include:

  • Entities incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)
  • State-owned corporations or subsidiaries
  • Local governments or councils in NSW

 

Applicants must also demonstrate their ability to fund their share of the project costs and agree to participate in knowledge-sharing activities.

Eligible projects must:

Construct new fast and/or ultra-fast charging stations. Increasing the scale of existing stations is not permitted.

Meet specific charger and connection requirements, depending on the stream:

  • Standard Metropolitan Stream: Minimum of 2 chargers, each servicing at least 2 charging bays with 175 kW capacity per bay.
  • Fast-Track Metropolitan Stream: Minimum of 4 chargers, each servicing at least 4 charging bays with 175 kW capacity per bay.
  • Standard Regional Stream: Minimum of 2 chargers, each servicing at least 2 charging bays with 175 kW capacity per bay.
  • Remote Regional Stream: Minimum of 4 chargers, each servicing at least 4 charging bays with 150 kW capacity per bay.

 

Ensure public access and include at least one pull-through bay for trailers and caravans.

Bids will be assessed based on:

  • Cost and value for money
  • Proposed locations
  • Station design and project delivery plans
  • Network access feasibility
  • Use of renewable energy and battery storage
  • Applicant capabilities and capacity
  • Support for jobs and economic growth

 

See the guidelines for full details of the assessment criteria.

You should read and understand the guidelines.

You need to ensure you are eligible for the funding. Applicants that do not meet all the eligibility criteria outlined above will not be considered.

Successful applicants will demonstrate:

  • their ability to develop, finance and operate charging stations to the specifications outlined in the guidelines
  • sound justification for the choice of site location(s)
  • sound project design and a strong methodology for construction and management
  • value for money based on charging station costs relative to capacity and efficiency as well as expected ROI and co-contributions
  • the necessary network access and approvals
  • a commitment to use renewable energy and/or or battery storage systems
  • a proven track record of project delivery for similar projects, including risk management
  • a contribution to local jobs and economic growth
  • the necessary organisational capability and resources to deliver the proposed activity within the agreed timeline

 

Applicants should prepare:

  • Project funding strategy and accountant declarations
  • Initial connection enquiries with Distributed Network Service Providers (DNSPs)
  • Renewable energy sourcing plans
  • Site plans with detailed designs and accessibility features

 

Applications must be submitted online through the SmartyGrants system.

Register your interest with GrantHelper to explore your alignment with this grant and how we can assist you to increase your chances of success.

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