Zero Emissions Vehicles Commercial Sector Innovation Fund

Zero Emissions Vehicle ZEV

Zero emissions vehicle grants

The Victorian Government is taking strong action to reduce Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

This includes significant commitments toward the decarbonisation of the transport sector through Victoria’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Roadmap.

As part of this roadmap, a ZEV Commercial Sector Innovation Fund (CSIF) has been established to encourage the use of ZEV technology by providing grants to applicants to pilot and/or trial ZEV technology and accelerate business readiness for broader uptake of ZEVs.

The CSIF is a $5 million program that seeks to accelerate the uptake of ZEV technology in commercial settings, including the commercial passenger vehicle, freight and infrastructure industries.

Grants will be offered through an expression of interest (EOI) process. The EOI process will provide the opportunity for a wide range of innovative proposals allowing government to maximise outcomes in this emerging space.

The maximum grant amount is $2 million and grants must be for projects completed by 1 July 2023.

EOI applications will be individually assessed by a panel supported by subject matter experts. The CSIF will consider a range of proposals, including:

  • direct purchase incentives for ZEVs for commercial fleets or collective purchasing arrangements
  • trials of ZEV technology with specific commercial users/uses (e.g. wheelchair-accessible ZEVs or waste collection vehicles)
  • development and implementation of training to assist the industry’s transition to ZEVs
  • support for vehicle-charging infrastructure within fleet depots; and
  • business case development.


All EOIs will be assessed against the same weighting criteria.

The Panel will consider:

  • Project Drivers — what are the key motivating factors behind the project and reasons for its inception.
  • Deliverability — the expected likelihood and quality of delivering what is being proposed.
  • Benefits — how will the environment, industry, Government or the Victorian community benefit.
  • Funding — what funds are being sought from Government. What funds are being or have already been invested.
  • Knowledge sharing — how is it proposed that learnings from the proposal are understood, evaluated and shared.

Check the Department of Transport website for full eligibility and assessment criteria.

Co-funding of proposals is encouraged to demonstrate value-for-money. Agreements funded through CSIF grants must be completed by mid-2023 unless otherwise agreed.

How and by When to Apply

Applications to the CSIF will be open until 18 February 2022.

To learn more about the CSIF grant, Download Applicant Guidelines.pdf

To make an application, visit the application page

3E Group has helped dozens of organisations secure more than $5 million in energy efficiency and sustainability grants funding.

If you would like assistance with your CSIF grant application, connect with the sustainability grant experts at 3E Group.



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