Irish owners of electric vehicles can get a €600 grant to help cover the cost of installing a home charger.
About the scheme
A new government funded support scheme has been introduced to assist homeowners install an electric vehicle charge point on their property. The existing free home charger scheme operated by ESB Ecars ends in 2017. This new scheme will begin in 2018 and will provide 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 in 2018 or later 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 property can not 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.
Only vehicles registered new or bought second hand from 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) or Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs). Vehicles purchased new in Ireland, privately imported as new or privately imported as second hand and registered in Ireland in 2018 or later are eligible. Second hand cars where ownership by the applicant occurs in 2018 or onwards are eligible. Vehicles must be registered for private use.
Once approved, applicants have 6 months to complete the installation of their charge point. The work can only be performed by a fully qualified electrician who is registered accordingly with Safe Electric Ireland.
Source and top image: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
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