Updated: Feb 21
Trying to work out how and why and who and all the rest with SEAI grant can be be a bit of a maze but let us try and guide the way, after all it is free money and (almost) everyone is entitled to it! Now for the boring bit:
About the scheme
A new government-funded support scheme has been introduced to assist homeowners to install an electric vehicle charge point on their property. The scheme launched in January 2018 and 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).
Any private owner who buys an eligible EV from 01/01/2018 is eligible to apply for this grant.
The EV must be parked on an off-street parking location associated with the home and the charger must be connected back to the fuse board of the home of the applicant.
The Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN), which you can find on your electricity bill, will be used to confirm the location of your home.
The property cannot be associated with a previous EV vehicle grant and charge point offer. For example, it can not have availed of the free ESB Ecars home charger pre-2018.
Do not commence any work before the start date on your Letter of Offer otherwise, this expenditure will be deemed ineligible and you will not receive grant support for it.
Vehicles registered new or bought second hand from 01/01/2018 onwards are eligible for a home charger grant.
Only vehicles which are now or were previously eligible for grant support under the EV Grant Scheme are eligible.
EVs include Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs).
Vehicles purchased new in Ireland, privately imported as new or second hand and registered in Ireland in 2018 or later and second-hand vehicles purchased in Ireland are eligible.
Second-hand cars where ownership by the applicant occurs in 2018 or onwards are eligible.
Vehicles must be registered for private use.
Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) may qualify for inclusion in the EV Home Charger programme if their vehicle meets the following criteria:
Vehicle Type: EV must meet the M1 or N1 classification as defined under the EU Directive (EC)
2007/46/EC and the European Communities Whole Vehicle Type Approval Process (ECWVTA)
Safety: EV must meet the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) rating of at least 3 stars and comply with the EU Directive on Whole Vehicle Type Approval.
Speed: EV must achieve a speed of 100kph on a level surface under normal environmental conditions
Electric Range: Electric-only driving range per single charge (NEDC cycle):
BEV greater than 100km
PHEV greater than 20km
CO2 Emissions: Tailpipe CO2 emissions (NEDC cycle):
BEV = 0g/km
PHEV less than 75g/km
Step by step how to guide below!!
Step by step process
Complete the online Electric Vehicle Home Charger grant application form. You will need your Meter Point Reference Number (the full 11 digit number on the top of your electricity bill) and your home address Eircode. If you are buying a new EV here in Ireland and receiving an EV grant from SEAI, you will need to provide your application ID which will be available from your car dealer.
You may also receive a hard copy of the application form from your nearest registered EV dealer.
Once your application has been approved, you will receive a Letter of Offer. This will be issued to you complete with a set of Terms and Conditions and a Payment Request form.
From when you receive your Letter of Offer, you have 6 months to complete the installation of your charge point.
The work can only be performed by a fully qualified electrician who has registered accordingly with Safe Electric Ireland.
Once the installation is completed you should complete the Payment Request Form. This will be completed by you and your Electrician.
Your Electrician must provide you with a copy of the Certificate Number 3. Review this and ensure it is completed properly.
Post your Payment Request Form to the address indicated on the Form together with the following items:
Fully signed and completed Payment Request Form including bank account details
Certificate Number 3
Copy of Test Record sheet from Electrician
Vehicle Registration Form (not required for a New car purchased in Ireland)
Photographs of the installed charge point and the EV showing vehicle registration plate
Your electrician must send a fully completed copy of the Certificate Number 3 to Safe Electric Ireland. We will check with Safe Electric Ireland that the relevant certificate has been filled for that work and that the electrician is a fully approved and registered electrician. Once this is confirmed, we will make an electronic payment of the grant amount to the bank details provided by you.