About the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund
Accelerating the uptake of low emissions transport
The Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund offers up to $6.5 million a year to projects that will accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) and other low emission vehicles.
Projects are co-funded with private and public sector partners in areas where commercial returns aren’t yet strong enough to justify full private investment.
It’s a Government fund administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). It’s one of several government activities paid for via a levy on petrol and engine fuels.
One of the most effective ways to reduce our total emissions is by transitioning our fossil-fuelled transport fleet to run on clean, renewable electricity.
Objectives of the Fund
Projects selected for co-funding meet at least one of these objectives:
- Increase the variety and supply of low emission vehicles.
- Improve the availability of servicing or charging infrastructure in areas where demand is uneconomic or not fully developed.
- Increase demand for low emission vehicles.
- Develop innovative products or systems for electric vehicles.
Scope of the Fund
Co-funded projects must involve mainstream vehicles.
These can include:
- passenger vehicles, buses and trucks that operate on roads used by the public
- other technologies that will support EV uptake.
These areas are out of scope:
Vehicles and related technologies:
- maritime, aviation and rail vehicles
- vehicles intended for off-road purposes such as forklifts and diggers
- conventional and plug-in hybrid vehicles and those fuelled with biofuel (as they do not use electricity from an external source)
- two and three wheeled vehicles, such as power-assisted cycles and motorcycles
- quadricycles and “neighbourhood” electric vehicles.
Projects and activities:
- any activities that would represent an ongoing financial liability for EECA, such as insurance underwriting
- projects that are purely focused on training or professional development
- projects that are purely focused on education and information provision (this is a focus of the EECA information campaign)
- research – being defined as original and planned investigation undertaken with the prospect of gaining new scientific or technical knowledge and understanding
- international travel
- “business as usual” costs of an organisation, such as the costs associated with existing staff.
The EECA Board makes funding decisions based on recommendations from an independent assessment panel. The assessment panel is comprised of experts from the energy, transport and freight sectors.
Need some help?
If you'd like to discuss a project or idea, contact us on LEVFund@eeca.govt.nz, or call Camilla Cochrane on 027 457 0205.