Businesses and motorists across the Cootamundra electorate are set to benefit from $20 million in grants opening soon to establish Australia’s largest electric vehicle (EV) destination charging network.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today welcomed the co-funded grants, with Round one opening on Monday 23 May 2022 to Friday 23 September 2022.

“In the first round alone, total funding allocation of $7 million has been committed to the project which will allow up to 3500 EV chargers to be rolled out across regional NSW,” Ms Cooke said.

“The NSW Government is determined to help local tourism providers by ensuring our regionhas the charging stations needed to welcome EV-driving visitors.”

“The grants range from $2000 to $40,000 per site for EV chargers across regional NSW, and were part of a $171 million investment in EV charging over the next four years.”

The EV destination charging grants will be offered on a co-funded basis for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargers in regional areas, which can provide a top-up of up to 130km of range in an hour.

A range of destinations across regional NSW can apply for the grants, including motels, wineries, cafes, restaurants, natural attractions, visitor information centres, museums and zoos.

Ms Cooke said a series of EV tourist drives would also be developed across the state to promote EV travel across regional NSW, following the rollout of the EV chargers.

“This will grow our local economy and support small businesses in areas impacted by covid with multiple funding rounds through to 2024 supporting the growth of the EV destination charger network across regional NSW.”

The NSW Electric Vehicle Strategy aims to increase EV sales to 52 per cent of all new car sales by 2030-31, and the vast majority by 2035. 

Funding under the strategy also includes a $131 million investment for ultra-fast charging infrastructure and a $20 million investment in EV charging in commuter car parks, creating a world class charging network across the state.

The EV destination charging grants can be used for the purchase and installation of select electric vehicle (EV) chargers as well as software to tap into the smart capabilities of each charger. This includes:

  • 75 per cent towards buying up to four alternating current (AC) destination chargers per site location
  • 75 per cent towards charger installation (capped at $1000 per charger)
  • 50 per cent towards a two-year charger software subscription

More information can be found here.