Apply for co-funding

How to apply for co-funding from the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.

Got an idea to support increasing the number of EVs on our roads, particularly for heavy vehicles or to close gaps in charging infrastructure? You may be eligible for funding.

 Check whether your idea fits with the objectives of the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund

 Read about successful projects from our past 7 rounds

Our next funding round (nine) opens in the third quarter of 2020 and will be open for a month. Decisions will be made at the end of 2020. The investment focus for round nine will be agreed within the next few months, and will be announced in due course.

Contact us if you'd like to discuss your ideas, on LEVFund@eeca.govt.nz, or call Camilla Cochrane on 04 470 2229 or 027 457 0205.

Round eight is closed

The evaluation process is underway, with a final decision by the EECA Board expected at the end of June 2020, and notifications of results to be sent to applicants soon after that. A full explanation of the process and key dates is outlined in the Request for Proposals document linked below.

Key dates for round eight

  • Round eight closed - 5pm on Tuesday 31 March 2020
  • Round eight announcement of results - early July 2020

Key documents for round eight

Round eight's key documents are listed below, for reference.

Tips to nail your application

We have some tips and advice for applicants intending to put in a proposal. It is worth reading these before starting your application, as it could save you time and help you formulate your best proposal.

Contestable fund objectives

To be eligible, projects need to contribute to at least one of the following objectives:

  • Increasing the variety and supply of electric vehicles (EVs) available
  • Improving the availability of servicing or charging infrastructure in areas where demand is not fully developed
  • Increasing demand for EVs
  • Developing innovative products or systems to take advantage of growing EV usage.

Assessment criteria

There are four criteria under which projects are assessed:

  • Contribution to the fund’s objectives
  • The project’s fit with the investment focus for the funding round
  • The applicant’s ability to deliver
  • The value for money the project offers.

If you’d like to discuss your project or idea, contact us on LEVFund@eeca.govt.nz.

Round eight investment focus

Each year, the investment focus of the fund is reviewed and updated to ensure our investment continues to match New Zealand’s progress towards a low emissions vehicles (LEV) future.

The fund’s investment focus for round eight was to:

  • Support the development of the public charging network by identifying and filling the key gaps in the network, and by supporting EV charging stations in priority locations where further facilities are needed
  • Facilitate the scale-up of LEV technology, especially in shared fleets and public transport
  • Enable the demonstration and uptake of light and heavy LEVs and associated technologies through high visibility projects in sectors of the economy where LEVs remain relatively unproven
  • Encourage electric vehicle technology innovation, particularly Vehicle-to-X/bi-directional and smart charging technologies potentially resulting in reductions to peak electricity demand
  • Support the development of electric vehicle maintenance, repair and other support services.
  • Support the development of battery refurbishment, recycling and repurposing services
  • Support the demonstration of low-emissions vehicles in mobility-as-a-service, increasing public exposure to low-emission vehicles through such services as electric taxis, electric rental cars and electric car-share schemes (excluding plug-in hybrid EVs).

In round eight, an additional opportunity was available under the Fund:

  • Support more people to switch from internal combustion engine vehicles to e-bikes through provision of publicly available secure storage facilities, in particular for high-frequency travellers e.g. daily commuters.

Research shows a healthy market for e-bike sales, however the perceived lack of security for e-bikes is still a barrier. This round eight investment focus area was intended to address that. Note that charging equipment and infrastructure are excluded from this focus area.

Examples of the types of projects we would consider as fitting the investment focus include:

  • Regional partnerships to catalyse territorial authorities and the electricity sector to build provincial EV communities, which will result in increased EV uptake, and the development of the rural charging network
  • Assisting with infrastructure costs to enable the rollout of electric bus fleets or heavy vehicle fleets
  • Deployment of electric heavy vehicles in the logistics and public transport sectors
  • Vehicle-to-grid trials and smart charging technology which lead to peak electricity demand ‘shaving’ and corresponding benefits to EV owners
  • Expanding transport options with innovative mobility-as-a-service projects
  • Scale-up of higher-speed EV charging infrastructure in key locations.

Frequently asked questions

What are the Contestable Fund objectives?

To be eligible, projects need to contribute to at least one of the following objectives:

  • Increasing the variety and supply of electric vehicles (EVs) available
  • Improving the availability of servicing or charging infrastructure in areas where demand is not fully developed
  • Increasing demand for EVs
  • Developing innovative products or systems to take advantage of growing EV usage.

How are proposals assessed?

There are four criteria under which projects are assessed:

  • Contribution to the fund’s objectives
  • The project’s fit with the investment focus for the funding round
  • The applicant’s ability to deliver
  • The value for money the project offers.

How much can you apply for?

You can apply for up to 50% of total project costs to a maximum of $500,000. Other proposals will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. 

 Find out more in the RFP documents

Who can apply?

The fund is open to all New Zealand-based legal entities except Public Service Departments and Statutory Crown Entities such as District Health Boards. Projects must be delivered in New Zealand but can involve overseas-based partners.

What’s the application process?

There are two funding rounds a year. Applicants generally have 4 weeks to submit proposals after the funding round opens.

An independent panel of market experts then assesses proposals against the fund objectives and investment focus, the applicant’s ability to deliver and the project’s value for money.

The assessment panel makes recommendations to the EECA Board, which makes final decisions. The approval process takes around three months.

When would I receive the co-funding?

EECA works with successful applicants to put contracts in place and share results. Co-funding is paid out when projects reach agreed milestones, which are detailed in your funding agreement.

Successful projects

Read about projects funded by previous rounds of the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.

Summaries of approved projects

Case studies of co-funded projects

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We're aware than a number of businesses are facing uncertainty and disruption over Covid-19.

We have therefore decided to extend the deadline for applications to round 8 of the Fund to 5.00pm, Tuesday, March 31.