Electricity continues to evolve as a low-carbon fuel of choice with the continued adoption of renewable energy resources and with transport accounting for about a third of Ireland's energy needs and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, the electrification of transport has proven to be one of the most effective and efficient ways of reducing greenhouse gases in this country.
The use of electric vehicles (EVs) provides a sustainable transport solution that does not rely on fossil fuels, such as petrol and diesel. To meet national decarbonisation targets, the Government has continued to promote the use of electric vehicles across the country. Currently, the aim is to have about 936,000 electric vehicles in Ireland, with the sale of new fossil-powered cars ceasing by 2030.
Learn more about EV Charging and the available grants to give you a greater understanding of the benefits before making an investment.
Where is the home charge point installed?
The Home Charge Point is installed on an external wall close to where you park your car. For most houses this can easily be installed. However if you live in apartment without your own parking space, or in a terraced house with a public footpath at your front door it can be difficult to have a charge point installed.
How long does it take to charge an EV?
There are three types of charging options:
Home charging - 6-8* hours.
Public charging - 2-6* hours.
Fast charging takes as little as 25* minutes to achieve an 80% charge.
*Due to different types and battery sizes of electric cars, these times may vary.
Government initiatives towards a greener future
The government has also introduced incentives towards toll charges on the M50 and other major motorways across the country by reducing toll fees for both personal and commercial electric vehicles under the Electric Vehicle Toll Incentive scheme (EVTI). EVs have the lowest rate of motor tax at €120 per year in Ireland.
What about running costs?
People tend to underestimate the running costs of a petrol or diesel vehicle. To properly evaluate your decision, you should take account of the lifetime cost savings of the car. We estimate it is possible to save up to 80pc of fuel costs if you switch to an EV.
SEAI EV Charging grant
The scheme provides a grant up to the value of €600 towards the purchase and installation of a home charger unit. The applicant must be the owner of an eligible new or second-hand electric vehicle (EV).
How to apply for a home EV charger grant
The application for the grant can be made here
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