grants for evs in ireland

There are grants available for EVs in Ireland

It is a great time to buy an EV in Ireland in 2020. There are a number of incentives available to encourage people to replace their vehicle with an electric vehicle and install a home charger.

Importantly the National Development Plan 2018-2027 states that the Government aims to have

  • at least 500,000 electric vehicles on our roads by 2030
  • no non-zero emission vehicles sold in Ireland after 2030
  • no NCT cert to be issued on non-zero emission vehicles after 2045

Current Numbers of Vehicles

In 2018 we reached a record number of cars on our roads, with just over 2 million cars and half a million other vehicles. Consequently, transport accounts for approximately one-third of Irish CO2 emissions.

According to the SEAI website, there are over 15,000 EVs on Irish roads today – a number that is growing steadily. In order to continue to encourage drivers to choose electric, there are several grants available, although for a finite time.

Grants available for EVs in Ireland

1. SEAI Grant for the purchase of an EV

There is a grant for up to €5000 for the purchase of a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) or Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). This grant depends on the cost price of the vehicle and does not apply to those that cost less than €14,000. Furthermore, these grants only apply to the purchase of a new vehicle and not second-hand.

2. VRT Relief for EVs

These cars also qualify for VRT relief of up to €5000 for a BEV (until the end of 2021) and €2500 for a PHEW (until the end of 2020).

3. Home Charger Grant

You are additionally entitled to claim €600 towards the purchase and installation of an EV home charger station

4. Reduced Motor Tax

Motor tax is typically €120 for a BEV and €170 for a PHEV (Road tax is calculated on emissions).

For more information on these grants:

Electric Vehicle Grant Scheme

SEAI Electric Vehicle Grants

For further information on installing chargers, scroll through our website here