How to claim EV grants in Ireland

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is offering EV grants, here is how you and your customers can benefit. This description explains how you can access the grant for a new electric vehicle, VRT deductions and the grant for the EV charging station in your home to be a part of the energy transition on Ireland’s roads.

Claim up to €10,000 through the Electric Vehicle Grant Scheme (EVGS)

(Are your clients) Thinking about switching to an electric vehicle?

Ireland’s EV grant is making the decision easier than ever. Simply choose the desired make and model from a list of eligible vehicles and participating dealers through SEAI. Their website makes it easy to narrow your search, as you can filter the list with several categories such as make, model, fuel type, or body type. Browse through their expansive list of cars and compare the respective cost of ownership, energy costs, range, or emissions. 

 

Quick facts about Ireland’s Grant Scheme at a glance

  • Up to €5,000 for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) or a Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV)
  • VAT relief of up to €5,000 (BEV) and €2,500 (PHEV)
  • Up to €600 on EV charging stations

 

SEAI’s comparison tool provides full transparency

Once you shortlist your three favorite vehicles, the SEAI website lets you compare the cost and specifications to one another and sets them off against a typical Diesel vehicle. Match annual energy costs, the 10 year total cost of ownership or your individual cost of trips with the built in calculator, to your needs. The calculator makes sure that you can gauge your requirements in easy numbers and select the right car for you. 

 

Ready to purchase your dream electric vehicle?

Select “Find a dealer” to locate one near you and claim the grant directly from them. SEAI conveniently reroutes you to the website of your dealer where you can book your test drive. The dealer will apply for the grant and the amount is deducted accordingly. Make sure you get the best price for your vehicle by requesting quotes from multiple dealers. 

 

Things to keep in mind

Please mind that the size of the SEAI EV grant depends on the list price of the approved electric vehicle and can range from €2,000 - €5,000 for BEVs and €1,000 – €2,500 for PHEV. Once you register your new car in Ireland, you may apply for VRT relief as well. VRT is determined with the direct CO2 emission values of the vehicle. Since BEVs and PHEVs substantially reduce CO2 emissions, VRT relief poses another financial incentive to make the switch. 

Now it’s time to save on your home’s EV charging station. Here is how:

In order to claim the SEAI EV charger grant, the applicant must own an eligible electric vehicle, either new or second-hand. These are the requirements for the €600 EV Charging station grant:

  • Vehicles registered or bought secondhand from 2018 onwards
  • Vehicles which are now or were eligible in previous grant schemes
  • Included are BEVs or PHEVs
  • Vehicles bought new in Ireland, imported privately or imported as second hand and registered in 2018 or later
  • Vehicles must be registered for private use
  • Private owners purchasing an eligible EV in 2018 onwards
  • EV parking must be on an off-street associated with the home and the charger must be connected back to the fuse board of the home applicant
  • Property cannot be associated with a previous EV vehicle grant and charge point offer
  • Grant support will be forfeited if the charging station is installed before the start date on the Letter of Offer

3 steps to claim the EV charger grant

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1) Pick the right installer – Be the right installer

In order to install the EV charger, the applicant needs a fully qualified electrical services provider. 

Make sure to instill trust in your customers with the quality of your work.

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2) Choose the right wallbox

It is easy to lose sight of the best EV charger on the market. Your client will need a quality product that lasts many years – and why not charge the electric vehicle with solar power as well?

The SMA EV CHARGER 7.4 allows the owner to charge their new vehicle intelligently and sustainably because using solar power automatically bypasses grid purchase costs. 

These are the EV Charger’s unique features:

  • Compatible with newer and older electric vehicles
  • Can be integrated into existing PV systems
  • Charges the EV from a single source
  • Charges up to 22 kW
  • Boost function with up to 7.4 kW
  • Easy monitoring of the charger’s performance with the SMA Energy app
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3) Claim the grant

Fill out SEAI’s application form. The applicant will need their Meter Point Reference Number and the home address Eircode. If the applicant is also applying for an Electric Vehicle grant, the application ID is needed, which is available from the respective car dealer.

  • After approval, the Letter of Offer will be sent to the applicant. It includes Terms and Conditions as well as a Payment Request form.
  • After the Letter of Offer arrives, the installation of the wallbox must be completed within 6 months, by an installer who is registered with Safe Electric Ireland.
  • Once the installation is completed, the Payment Request Form must be filled out by the applicant and the Electrician.
  • The applicant must receive a copy of the Certificate Number 3 from the Electrician.
  • Finally, post the Payment Request Form to the address indicated on the Form with these items included: Fully signed and filled out Payment Request Form, copy of Certificate Number 3, copy of Test Record sheet from the Electrician, a copy of the invoices, the Vehicle Registration Certificate, photo proof of the installed charge point and the EV showing vehicle registration plate.
  • The electrician must make sure to send a copy of the Certificate Number 3 to Safe Electric Ireland as well. The installers’ status with Safe Electric Ireland and the filing of the Certificate will be checked before the grant is payed.

Now you’ve made the most of the SEAI EV grants

After you’ve followed these steps, you are ready to enjoy the perks of your electric vehicle, knowing that you’ve made a difference in Ireland’s energy transition away from fossil fuels. Doesn’t it feel great?

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