Driving Electric

What is an Electric Car?

Many organizations are interested in the development, manufacture, sale or use of Electric Vehicles and their components. The following websites contain information about Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Electric Vehicles (EV) refer to both Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV)
ESB ecars - have composed this animation which will tell you everything you need to know about electric cars.

The benefits of Electric Vehicles

Consumer advice about electric vehicles
The SEAI Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland's website provides detailed information for the consumer about the types of Electric Vehicles available, grants available, general information on vehicle safety, Motor Tax and VRT, electricity suppliers, infrastructure available and much more.

Where can I buy an electric vehicle?
There is an increasing variety of electric cars coming to the Irish market which will deliver high levels of performance, comfort and economy to suit a variety of needs.

Where electric charging points located?
There are 3 categories of charge points for electric car drivers to use. Home charge points, on-street charge points and fast charge points. ESB ecars have installed electric charge points at the following locations.

Is an electric car for you?
Before you buy any car always do your reserach and ask yourself the following questions.

  • How much is the cost to change?
  • What type of car do I require to meet my needs?
  • How much mileage am I doing per week/year ?
  • What are the running cost of an electric vehicle compared to a conventional petrol or diesel car?

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The Electric Vehicle Toll Incentive (EVTI)

The ‘Electric Vehicle Toll Incentive (EVTI) Scheme commenced on the 1st of July 2018 and is expected to run until December 31st 2022 (or up to a maximum of c. 50,000 EVs).

Electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids of Irish registered vehicles can now enjoy reductions in toll charges.

EV owners will only pay 50% of the toll rate and plug-ins get 25% off tolls (capped at €500 for private or €1000 a year for commercial).

Eligible vehicle owners can sign up with a toll tag provider and those already with an account will be contacted on how to transfer into the scheme.

To register visit http://www.etoll.ie for full details.

New Taxi/Limousine/Hackney (SPSV) Grant Scheme

On the 1st February 2018 Minister Ross has announced a new Taxi/Limousine/Hackney (SPSV) grant scheme, aimed at increasing the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in the Irish taxi fleet. This new electric vehicle initiative will help to stimulate the uptake of EVs in the SPSV industry by giving SPSV drivers up to €7,000 towards the purchase of an EV.

Speaking today at the launch of the scheme the Minister said “the electrification of the national SPSV fleet will play a significant role in our transition to a cleaner and greener transport fleet, not only will this be beneficial for our environment, in terms of improved urban air quality and reduced CO2 emissions, but also reduced running and maintenance costs will also be of major benefit to the drivers themselves”.

Analysis shows that fuel savings of up to 10 cent per km can be achieved by driving an electric vehicle in comparison to a conventionally fuelled vehicle. For a vehicle clocking up to 55,000km per annum, this would equate to fuel savings of over €5,000 and net reduction in over 3.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Currently EVs in Ireland also benefit from government purchase incentives up to a value of €10,000 (€5,000 VRT relief and €5,000 SEAI grant), qualify for the lowest band of road tax (€120 per annum), access to an extensive network of public chargers which are presently free to use, and a SEAI home charger grant scheme (up to a value of €600).

Grant Information:

  • Applications for the electric SPSV grant scheme should be made through the National Transport Authority (NTA). Please note only fully battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (of no more than 65g/km tailpipe CO2 emissions) may be grant eligible. For further information on the scheme, application process, and eligible electric SPSVs, please visit www.nationaltransport.ie
  • The electric SPSV grant scheme can also be used in conjunction with the NTA’s ‘Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle’ grant scheme which is also open to applicants today.
  • For more information on electric vehicle grant incentives, including the home charging grant scheme, visit www.seai.ie

Announcement to help SPSV drivers move to Electric Vehicles

SIMI welcomes the recent announcement by Minister Ross of a grant scheme for Taxi/Limousine/Hackney (SPSV), aimed at increasing the uptake of new electric vehicles (EVs) in the Irish taxi fleet.

Pictured at the launch CEO of Nissan Ireland, James McCarthy, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross and Alan Nolan Director General SIMI

Alan Nolan Former Director General SIMI commented: “SIMI having campaigned for incentives that help support the change to electric cars such as free Tolls, parking and supports for recharging installation, welcomes the announcement by Minister Ross of the new grant scheme for taxis and other small public service vehicles. As we start to see more electric vehicles on our roads this will help to normalize the electric cars for consumers and their use as a public service vehicle will aid in providing motorists with that experience, while benefiting the environment.

As we have underlined before, strategies to increase electric car sales, such as the very welcome BIK changes introduced in Budget 2018 take time to impact on purchasing decisions and on supply, as cars for the Irish market are ordered up to six months in advance and we are competing with other countries for supply. Once such incentives are confirmed as being in place for a significant period (as the Minister has signalled in relation to BIK) we will see the market respond strongly and build to a much higher level over a number of years.

Ireland’s national fleet will continue with a mix of engine types over the next few years with Diesel (57%) and Petrol (36%) engines the greater market share in the new car market and still the required option for very many vehicle buyers. As an Industry we are fully committed to the supply of electric vehicles into the marketplace and we are confident that continuously improving technology will deliver an ever increasing market share for electric vehicles into the future. Incentives will play an important part in helping consumers make their purchasing decision to EVs a new cleaner technology”.

EV Ireland

 The majority of EV customers will charge their vehicles at home overnight and will use the public charging points as a means to top up the vehicles charge when necessary. Fleet customers will generally charge the vehicles at their company premises or at the home of the driver.

SIMI in its 2018 Budget Submission to Government pressed the case for some additional, low cost incentives for Electric and Hybrid cars to support migration toward alternative fuelled vehicles while we underlined the importance of cleaner diesel cars to rural Ireland also along with no further burdens placed on the motorist.

This video shows TDs and senators experiencing their first drive in an electric vehicle.