Round 7 investment focus

This funding round sought proposals to demonstrate a range of low emission technologies, infrastructure, innovations and business models (e.g Mobility-as-a-Service, or MaaS, transport technology and software projects) and low emission road and off-road vehicles (limited to the specifications set out in Section 1.4).

This could include projects in the areas of on-road battery electric cars, vans, trucks and buses, the specified off-road vehicles, and associated technologies or services. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and other technologies were potentially in scope if they make use of New Zealand’s renewable electricity advantage.

Up to $2.0 million was available in Round 7.

Round 7 objectives

This round's focus was on three areas:


  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.


  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.

Note - off-road vehicles may be side-by-side vehicles, tractors, excavators, loaders, graders, compactors, pavers, trucks, quad trucks, straddle carriers, forklifts, mobile cranes, scrapers, mobile crushers, side loaders, reach stackers, harvesters. Some ancillaries may be eligible, see the RFP for more detail.

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.

Demonstrations may provide:

  • Additionality or innovation in the business case;
  • Significant replication potential;
  • Demonstration of technology in a new location or environment;
  • Representation of end-use in a different sub-sector;
  • Potential for low-emission transport transition in the short, medium or long term;
  • Significant opportunity for learnings by overcoming barriers in the organisation, sectoral barriers or regulatory barriers.

Application documents

This round closed on February 1: documents below are for reference only.

Key documents

Request for Proposals [PDF, 1 MB]

Response form [DOCX, 4.2 MB] - this is for reference only, applicants must use the online form provided.

Proposed Funding Agreement [PDF, 257 KB] 

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF, 131 KB] 

Recipient's Guide [PDF, 465 KB] 

Email with any questions.


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 public journey and destination charging infrastructure, biofuels, marine vessels and aviation 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 Thursday 1 December 2022
Deadline for questions 4pm Wednesday 25 January 2023
Deadline for proposals: 12pm Wednesday 1 February 2023
Decision announced From late March 2023


  • 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, email