The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten T.D., has introduced a new Electric Vehicle Home Charger Grant. The grant will support the cost of installing a home charger for an electric vehicle up to a maximum of €600. The grant will apply to both new and second-hand electric vehicles bought from 1 January 2018. The scheme will be administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
The Minister stated: "The Home Charger Grant is just one of the support measures the Government announced in Budget 2018 aimed at promoting a low-carbon electric vehicle future."
Home charging is convenient, practical and allows electric car owners to charge their cars overnight while system demand and consumer costs are low. For owners without access to home chargers, a network of nearly 900 public charge points is available and Budget 2018 also includes funding to support the provision of additional public charging points.
There are over 3,500 electric vehicles currently in Ireland. However, ongoing technological developments, increasing battery range and falling costs will help to increase take-up among Irish drivers.
"Earlier this month myself and the Minister for Transport Shane Ross committed to working together to ensure that all new passenger cars sold in Ireland from 2030 onwards will be zero emission vehicles. The supports we put in place now will help us to achieve this. It is important that the public is aware of the benefits of electric cars so for this reason the government is funding a Public Engagement Programme which will include the opportunity for test driving roadshows nationwide; public sector and commercial fleet trials; and supports for electric vehicle use in car sharing trials."
The full Terms and Conditions of the Electric Vehicle Home Charger Grant scheme will shortly be published on the SEAI website.
The range of supports available for electric vehicles is summarized in this easy to follow infographic on the Department's website.
Note for Editors:
Package of measures announced in Budget 2018 to drive uptake in electric vehicle (EV) ownership includes:
the continuation of the EV purchase Grant (of up to €5,000);
the continuation of VRT relief (of up to €5,000);
a new benefit in kind rate of 0% for battery electric vehicles for a minimum of three years;
a new grant to support the installation of home charger points for buyers of new and second-hand EVs;
a new grant to support the use of EVs as taxis, hackneys and limousines;
funding to support the operation and development of the public charging network with a specific emphasis on increasing the number of rapid chargers;
funding to support a reduction in tolls for EVs.
A Public Engagement Programme is also planned, which will include:
a national awareness campaign;
a driver experience roadshow which will give people the opportunity to drive an EV and experience the benefits for themselves;
public sector and commercial fleet trials; and
supports for electric vehicle use in car sharing trials.