Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

You will need to submit a proposal following the guidance in our request for proposal which is available on the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website and on this website.

The completed proposal form should be emailed to before 8am, Wednesday 26 April 2017.

What can I use the funding for?

Innovative projects that will accelerate the uptake of electric and other low-emission vehicles (LEV) in New Zealand that might not otherwise occur. The fund is limited to projects involving main-stream vehicles (and related technologies) that operate on roads used by the public.

Is there a limit to the amount of funding I can get?

The fund will offer up to 50% funding towards suitable projects. The minimum level of co-funding must be cash and not in-kind and not come from other central Government grants.

Total EECA funding available per project is generally limited to $500,000. Proposals for more than this will be considered in exceptional circumstances only if the project is likely to demonstrate significant public benefits resulting in outstanding value for money, and cannot be scaled down without significantly affecting the project’s objectives, viability and value for money and which have greater than 50% co-funding from the applicant.

Who is eligible for funding?

The fund is open to all New Zealand-based legal entities except Public Service Departments, Non-Public Service Departments, and Statutory Crown Entities such as District Health Boards. Local and territorial authorities, such as local and regional councils, are eligible to apply for funding.

Can I submit more than one proposal?

Yes you can submit as many proposals as you want.

Can I use the funding to buy or subsidise a vehicle?

The fund may not be used as a direct subsidy for the purchase of a vehicle, unless the vehicle is primarily or entirely for demonstration purposes. 

Demonstration projects must illustrate or build familiarity with low emission vehicles and associated technologies to consumers and business. They would help overcome market barriers to accelerate uptake, by providing evidence that the technology is fit for purpose.

Demonstration projects will typically result in several of the following:

  • Show how challenges to implement new low emission vehicle technologies can be overcome.
  • Increase investor and consumer confidence in the viability of these technologies in New Zealand.
  • Provide opportunities to scale-up the demonstration model.
  • Increase the visibility of EVs and associated technology and infrastructure.

What types of projects have been approved for funding before?

Large scale electric car sharing schemes, electric bus trials, supermarket delivery vehicles, and fast charging units are just a few examples of project ideas that were funded in the first round.

Click here to view the successful applicants from round one and their project summaries.

What types of projects won’t get funded?

Projects involving conventional hybrid vehicles, biofuel technologies, electric bicycles, two and three wheel motor bikes, quadricycles, as well as the marine, rail and aviation sectors are outside the scope of the fund.

The Fund may not be used as a direct subsidy for the purchase of vehicles, unless it is primarily or entirely for demonstration purposes. 

As marketing and promotion is a focus of the EECA information campaign funding will not go towards research projects, projects based solely around marketing, promotional or educational opportunities.

The fund will not contribute to “business as usual” costs of an organisation such as the costs associated with existing staff.

How do I get the money?

Once a proposal has been approved for funding by the EECA Board, EECA and the successful applicant will negotiate a funding agreement that commits the recipient of funds to implement the project.

The funding agreement will detail the obligations on the recipient for the duration of the project, which must be met in order to receive funding from the fund.


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