Round 1 investment focus

This funding round is open to proposals that demonstrate a range of low emission technologies, services, infrastructure, innovations and business models (e.g. Mobility-as-a-Service/MaaS, transport technology and software projects) and low emission on-road vehicles.

These include battery electric cars, vans, trucks and buses, and off-road vehicles (to a limited specification, see below and refer to Section 1.3 of the Request for Proposals document).

The $3.4 million will be available in up to two funding rounds in this period.

Round 1 objectives

This round's investment focus looks for projects that will meet specific objectives around technology, vehicles, and software and support.

Technology

  1. Encourage innovation in approaches and technologies that can result in transport decarbonisation through for example smart charging and software to reduce or defer peak electricity demand, and optimisation of the use of low emission vehicles and other modes of transport, Mobility-as-a-Service applications.
  2. Provide charging infrastructure technology which demonstrates the ability of technology to address constrained infrastructure or power availability at charging locations of interest.

Vehicles

  1. Demonstrate low emission vehicles with a new business case, demonstration opportunity in a new sector or use case, or address significant barriers in an organisation or sector.
  2. Demonstrate opportunities to consolidate the existing fleet of vehicles and provide innovative ways to transport people and goods.

Software and support

  1. Provide software applications that will accelerate the transition of the fleet to zero emissions.
  2. Support the development of low emission transport maintenance, repair and other support services.
  3. Support the development of battery recycling and repurposing services.

A separate funding round dedicated to chargers and charging infrastructure will be launched soon, but charging infrastructure technology is included in this round.

Recipients will be required to share knowledge, reporting and data with EECA as part of the Funding Agreement, which will outline how, when and with whom it will be shared.

How to apply

Download the key documents for this round and submit your proposal to LEVFund@eeca.govt.nz by 12pm Wednesday 3 November 2021.

Key documents

Request for Proposals  [PDF, 830 KB]

Response form  [DOCX, 1.3 MB]

Proposed Funding Agreement  [PDF, 245 KB]

Frequently Asked Questions  [PDF, 421 KB]

Recipient's Guide  [PDF, 465 KB]

Email LETF@eeca.govt.nz with any questions.

FAQs

What is excluded?

The overall Low Emission Transport Fund (LETF) exclusions apply to this round, along with the exclusions included in the RFP document.

LETF exclusions

In addition to these, projects that involve biofuels, marine vessels, aviation and other classes of off-road vehicles are excluded in this round and will be explored in future funding rounds — get in touch with us to discuss any project ideas involving these areas.

Key dates

RFP released 9am Wednesday 6 October 2021
Deadline for questions 4pm Wednesday 27 October 2021
Deadline for proposals 12pm Wednesday 3 November 2021
Decision announced From mid-February 2022
  • Get in touch

    We're happy to discuss your project ideas and likely eligibility. For any enquiries, such as questions on the scope of the fund or help completing the Response Form, contact Camilla Cochrane at LETFund@eeca.govt.nz.