Grants Available

Grants

Outlined below is a list of the current grants available for Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), Electric Small Public Service Vehicle, tolls and electric charging infrastructure.

Zero Emission Vehicles Ireland

On the on 21 July 2022 'Zero Emission Vehicles Ireland' was established as a dedicated Office charged with supporting consumers, the public sector and businesses to continue to make the switch to zero emission vehicles. The Office will lead on the delivery of the Ireland’s ambitious target under the Climate Action Plan 2021 to have 945,000 electric vehicles in the Irish fleet by 2030. The office also announced new initiatives and grants.

Initiatives launched in July 2022

Infrastructure

  • Apartment Charging Grant

The EV Apartment Charging grant is for dwellings which do not have access to a driveway such as apartments, duplexes and mixed. 
Further information is available on the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) website.

  • Expansions of the EV Home Charger Grant

The EV Home Charger grant allows any homeowner to apply for a grant to install a charger. This will enable homeowners to install a charger in advance of purchasing an electric vehicle, for visitor use or at rented accommodation.  Further information is available SEAI website.

  • EV Smart Charger Register

From September 2022, the Home Charger scheme will only support Smart Chargers. This will improve safety, prevent excessive electrical demand and facilitate better integration with renewable energy sources. For manufacturers and installers wishing to register their products please go to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) website.

Vehicles 

  • EV Commercial Fleet Trial

A new trial will promote and encourage the electrification of the commercial fleet in Ireland, affording businesses the opportunity to test an EV free of charge for a minimum period of 3 months. Its purpose is to show, through real world evidence, the benefits, savings and the suitability and viability of EVs in a commercial setting. Visit SEAI for information.

In-progress initiatives 

  •  Destination Charging Grant for Sports Clubs

The Shared Island Sports Club grant will provide funding to install a network of publicly accessible chargers in communities nationwide through their local sports clubs subject to certain eligibility criteria. This grant, with funding provided via the government's Shared Island Fund, will operate on an all-island basis and provide grant funding via National Sports Governing Bodies to eligible sports clubs and centres to help defray the cost of installing publicly accessible EV charge points. 

  • EV Charging Infrastructure

The draft National EV Strategy underwent public and stakeholder consultation earlier this year. Responses and submissions received as part of the consultation are currently being considered in the development of the final Strategy for publication later this year. The final Strategy will also an Implementation Plan that will set out a pathway for delivery of a high quality national EV charging Infrastructure. 

  • Reopening of Electric Small Public Service Vehicle (eSPSV) grant

The aim of the eSPSV grant is to enable owners of small public service vehicles, such as taxis, hackneys and limousines, to buy electric vehicles, championing the electric experience for passengers and drivers in Ireland. Approximately €15m was allocated in 2022 to support SPSVs to switch to electric. The scheme is kept under continuous review and was paused to new applicants in April to allow for the drawdown and payment of provisional grant offers which usually have a time limit of 3 months. The scheme will now reopen for applications on 1st August 2022 and is managed by the NTA

  • eVans

Expansion of the current electric vans grant to include large panel vans will be announced later this year.

 Tax Benefit Ownership 

Usage Tax 

  • BEV: €120 per annum (minimum rate) for BEV. 
  • PHEVs: €170 per annum (should have CO2 emissions circa 60 g/km or lower, NEDC-2)

Company Cars

Benefit-in-Kind concession: cars and vans 0% up to €50,000 OMV (Expires at the end of 2022)
PHEV vehicles do not qualify for this relief.

Incentives

In most cases, Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) must be paid at the time that a vehicle is registered in the State. 
Electric Vehicles receive VRT relief separately to SEAI grant support. VRT relief for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) is in place until the end of 2021

  • Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV): Up to €5,000 (until the end of 2021).

VRT relief is applicable to BEVs with an OMSP up to €50,000. No VRT relief is available for vehicles with a value above €50,000, (more information here).

Purchase incentive for individuals

  • BEV's: Up to €5,000 for Battery Electric Vehicles
  • Up to €3,800 for N1 category BEV - commercial purchases
  • Up to €3,800 for M1 vehicles used as demonstrator models

Approved EVs with a List Price of less than €14,000 will not receive a grant. As of 1st July 2021 there is a cap of €60,000 on the full price of all vehicles. The full price of the vehicle to the customer includes all optional extras, paint and delivery for excludes any incentives such as grants or rebates. 
Visit SEAI grant information page

Electric Vehicle Toll Incentive (EVTI) 

Capped at €500 for private or €1000 a year for commercial ( LGV, SPSV and HDV).

  • BEV owners pay 50% of the toll rate,
  • PHEV 25% of the toll rate
  • Low Emissions Vehicle Toll Incentive (LEVTI): will run until December 31st 2022 (or up to a maximum of c. 50,000 LEVs). 

Charging Network

Access to public charging network which are presently free to use.

Electric Vehicle Public Charge Point Grant

  • Home charger owner installation grant scheme (up to a value of €600). 
    The applicant must be the owner of an eligible new or second-hand electric vehicle (EV). Eligibility can be viewed here.
  • Local Authority Grant Scheme – up to €5,000 towards on street charging for residential areas that cannot benefit from the Home Charging Installation Grant.

Public Service Vehicle 

Electric Small Public Service Vehicle Grant Scheme (eSPSV20)

  • BEV/ FCEV: Up to €10,000
    - Wheelchair accessible up to €12,500
  • PHEV Up to €5,000
    - Wheelchair accessible up to €7,500

Administration

The electric vehicle grants are administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)   
Browse the entire range of grant eligible electric cars available in Ireland. Compare performance, savings, emissions, and more. 
View the eligible electric vehicles

The aim of the eSPSV20 Grant Scheme is to increase the uptake of low emission SPSVs. It is aimed at improving air quality in urban areas, together with influencing the uptake of low emission passenger cars by improving general perception and awareness of the benefits of low emission vehicles. 

The SPSV Industry is regarded as a champion in the normalisation of electric vehicle use. 
The Scheme is funded by DTTAS and administered by NTA as the licensing authority for SPSVs