Victorian subsidy boosting electric vehicle uptake

Victorian subsidy boosting electric vehicle uptake
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The Victorian Government’s Zero Emissions Vehicle Subsidy program is increasing electric vehicle purchases throughout the state, with more than 4000 people using the program since May last year.

As a result, sales of electric vehicles in the state were 310 per cent higher in 2021 than the previous year.

The $46 million program aims to increase uptake of electric vehicles in Victoria, with subsidies of $3000 for available for Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) under $68,740. The program forms part of the state government’s $100 million Zero Emissions Vehicles Roadmap, which is installing charging infrastructure across Victoria.

The State Government will also replace 400 government fleet vehicles with ZEVs by 2023. In addition, from 2025 all new buses will be zero emissions and the metropolitan train network will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.

Areas with the highest uptake of ZEVs include Melbourne’s western and eastern suburbs, and the Wyndham, Boroondara and Monash local government areas.

The State Government says that latest consumer survey data shows 99.2 per cent of customers are satisfied with their new car.

Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll said electric vehicles will reduce emissions, while also reducing the amount of air and noise pollution.

“Electric and Zero Emissions Vehicles are the future of transport and we’re making sure more Victorians are part of this transport revolution with a clean and sustainable car,” he said.

At the time of writing, 1700 subsidies are still available. For more information on the subsidy, or to see if you are eligible, click here.



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