SEAI Electric Vehicle Grants 2021

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Everything you need to know about SEAI Electric Vehicle Grants 2021

Article Updated 6th of July 2021

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) have a number of electric vehicle (EV) grants which are currently being offered. Their grants are helping to make it more affordable than ever to switch to an EV.

We’ve broken down the information on each of the grants so whether you’re interested in purchasing an EV privately or commercially, installing an EV charging solution privately or publicly, a car dealer interested in selling EVs or an EV importer you will understand the type of grant available to you and how you can become a part of the vehicle grant initiative.

1.      Electric Vehicle Grant Scheme

SEAI is offering grants of up to €5,000 for battery EV or plug-in hybrid EVs when purchased and registered privately. These vehicles also qualify for VRT relief of up to €5,000 for battery EVs or €2,500 for plug-in hybrid EVs.

Grants are accessed through the dealership with a list of eligible vehicles available here, and a list of registered dealerships available here.

EVs with a list price of less than €14,000 or second- hand EVs are not eligible. The grant level received will depend on the list price of the vehicle.

In terms of commercial vehicle grants, commercially bought N1 EVs are entitled to a maximum grant of up to €3,800 depending on the price of the vehicle. As with privately bought EVs availing of the grant, vehicles with a list price of €14,000 are not eligible and neither are second hand EVs.

2.      EV Home Charger Grant

Having an at-home EV charging solution is a huge benefit and with the EV Home Charger Grant is something that is becoming more affordable. The EV Home Charger Grant allows you to claim up to €600 towards the purchase and installation of an electric vehicle charging unit at your home. To be eligible for this grant you must be the private owner of a new or second-hand EV that was purchased after January 1st 2018, your EV must be parked off-street, the charger must be connected to your home’s fuse board and your property must not have been associated with a previous EV grant and charge point offer.

More in depth information on the application process can be found here.

3.      EV Public Charge Point Grant

This grant is open to local authorities and County Councils who are interested in installing EV charging points for public use. These charging points can be installed on public streets or carparks that provide parking for local residents.

This scheme has been designed to aid residents who do not have access to off-street parking or charging infrastructure but would like to switch from petrol or diesel vehicles to an EV vehicle.

Grant support is provided for each charge point with 75% of the capital costs provided, capped at €5,000 per single charge point.

It’s also important to note that the SEAI will only be accepting 20 applications per Local Authority at one time but once these 20 have been processed you may apply again.

To find out more information on this grant click here.

4.      Dealers Grant

By joining the SEAI EV grant scheme as a dealer you will be able to submit applications on behalf of your EV customers. By providing the option to customers of receiving a grant for their EV you will be incentivising people to purchase EV from your dealership.

The process involves your dealership being authorised by your vehicle importer to trade the EV makes and models which are eligible for the EV grant scheme. You are then nominated by your registered national vehicle importer to participate in the scheme. If you supply more than one brand of EV then you must be nominated by the individual vehicle importers.

For more information how to become part of the grant scheme as a dealer, click here.

5.      Importers Grant

You can join the EV grant scheme as an importer. This entitles you to nominate dealerships and vehicles for the scheme. The role of importers is key in this scheme as they nominate both dealerships and vehicles which are eligible to take part in the scheme.

To join the EV grant scheme, importers must have EVs which meet specific criteria including having formal approval from the manufacturer to import and supply to Ireland, have valid tax and insurance certificates, be compliant with waste management regulation and possess a valid Certificate of Registration from the WEEE Register Society Ltd.

To learn more about the application process if you are an importer, click here.

6.       Company Cars

The SEAI announced on the 22nd of June 2021 that employees with company cars are now eligible to receive a grant for a home EV charger. This includes cars owned or leased by the employee. The grant has a value of up to €600 towards the installation. Company car users can apply for the grant here.

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If you choose to install EV charging solutions for your public space or home and are availing of the SEAI grant to do so then please get in touch with us at 01 461 9800 or email us on where we can manage your installation from start to finish.

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