MELBOURNE, AAP – The Victorian government will replace 75 cars in its government fleet with electric vehicles by June, with another 325 replacements on the way.

The state allocated $15 million in its 2021-22 budget to add 400 zero-emission vehicles by 2023, with electric vehicle supply equipment to be installed across government-owned and leased buildings.

On Wednesday, the state government said 75 vehicles in its fleet will be replaced with electric cars by June 30 this year, with another 325 to be replaced by mid-2023.

More than 100 electric cars will be ordered this financial year, some of which are already being used by government departments and agencies.

“Electric and zero-emissions vehicles are the future of transport and we’re paving the way with the first ZEVs entering the Victorian government fleet,” Assistant Treasurer Danny Pearson said.

“These vehicles are part of our transition away from combustion-powered vehicles to zero-emission vehicles and a clean energy future that’s better for health and our environment.”

From 2025, the state government says all new buses will be zero-emission and metropolitan trains will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.

Victoria is aiming to reach net zero emissions by 2050.