Driving the Nation Program

This program provides funding to enable the demonstration and deployment of new zero emissions vehicle technologies.
Application detail:

The application and assessment process typically involves a 2-stage application process, with an EOI and a full application.

What do you get?

Minimum funding of $500,000.

Who is this for?

Eligible Australian ZEV projects.


The program objectives are to:

  • overcome barriers to accelerate the uptake of ZEVs by fleets
  • optimise the integration of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) into the grid
  • demonstrate new use cases for ZEVs
  • increase skills, capacity and knowledge relevant to ZEV technologies.

Applications will be assessed on how well they align with the following focus areas:

  • support the integration of battery electric vehicles into light vehicle fleets
  • support the integration of battery electric vehicles into heavy vehicle fleets
  • commercialise hydrogen as a transport fuel
  • support innovation in public charging and management of charging.

Check if you can apply

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • hold an Australian business number (ABN) at the time of application and throughout project life
  • be either an incorporated Australian entity, state owned corporation or subsidiary, or Australian local government or council.

Projects must:

  • involve renewable energy technology with the potential to contribute to the program objectives
  • source renewable energy or green certificates to cover energy usage for ZEVs or use sustainable biofuels or renewable hydrogen
  • include demonstration or deployment of equipment and / or technology solutions
  • take place in Australia
  • comply with requirements specified in the program guidelines relating to intellectual property, gender equality, modern slavery and knowledge sharing.

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