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Victorian governments hands out zero-emissions vehicle grants to drive down costs

The new zero-emissions vehicle grants are helping encourage Victorian companies to make the sustainable switch

The Victorian government has announced a range of new grants to incentivise companies to order zero-emissions vehicles.

The goal is for these companies in various industries to cut emission and save on operating costs, with one of Australia’s largest dried fruit growers, Duxton Dried Fruits, being a prime example of how the $5 million Commercial Sector Innovation Fund can drive both sustainability and cost savings.

“We want to see more businesses like Duxton switch to zero-emissions vehicles – it’s not only good for cutting emissions, it’s good for businesses’ bottom line,” Victorian ports and freight minister Melissa Horne says.

As a Sunraysia-owned business, Duxton has received grant funding to trial six zero-emissions vehicles and establish a solar charging station at their Wemen vineyard near Robinvale in north-west Victoria.

This transition to electric Ultra Terrain Vehicles for harvests, yard duties, irrigation checks and weed control will eliminate the need for fuel trucks and reduce reliance on emergency fuel.

“We’ve replaced a fuel bowser and fuel tank at the vineyard – we no longer need trucks to come from town to fill it up and don’t have to run off to town for emergency fuel which is about 40 kilometres away,” Duxton Capital Australia sustainability project officer Henry Young says.

The state government says this zero-emissions switch is predicted to lower Duxton’s yearly emissions by 29 tonnes, saving the company more than $10,000 in fuel costs.

“The transport sector is one of the most significant contributors to our state’s emissions – that’s why we’re supporting business to go electric, helping them be more energy efficient and keep their operating costs down,” Victorian climate action minister Lily D’Ambrosio says.

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