Electric vehicles


Zero Emission Vehicles Ireland has a target under the Climate Action Plan 2023 to have 30% of our private car fleet switched to electric by 2030.

This page gives an overview of some of the grant supports and information available for electric vehicle owners and buyers.

An electric vehicle (EV) has an electric motor that is powered by a battery which is charged by an external source of electricity.

There are 2 main types of EVs:

  • Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) –are powered by a battery only.
  • Hybrid electric vehicles –have an engine and electric motor – one powered by a battery and the other is fuel-powered and generally uses petrol or diesel.

Electric vehicle grants

You may be able to get a grant from the Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) if you buy a battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) that meets specific standards.

Since 1 July 2023, you can get a grant of up to €3,500 for battery-powered electric vehicles (BEV). (Previously, the grant was €5,000).

The grant for BEVs only applies to new cars with a full price of between €14,000 and €60,000.

Your car dealer will apply for the grant for you, and then deduct the grant amount from the total price of your car.

The grant of €2,500 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) has been removed.

Electric vehicle grants for taxis, hackneys, and limousines (SPSV)

If you drive a small public service vehicle (SPSV), you may get a grant from the National Transport Authority (NTA). Grants of up to €20,000 or €25,000 for wheelchair accessible EV’s are available. The amount of the grant you get depends on the car’s age, specifications, and mileage.

The application closing date is 13 December 2024 or earlier if notified by the NTA or if no more funding is available. You can find out more information on the National Transport Authority website.

Reduced toll fares for electric vehicles

Reduced toll fares for electric vehicles ended on 31 December 2023.

Electric vehicle home charging grants

Home Charger Grant Scheme

Since 1 January 2024, you can also apply for the Home Charger Grant Scheme, for up to €300 towards the installation costs of a home charger. (Previously, the grant was €600).

EV Apartment Charging Grant

The EV Apartment Charging Grant is for dwellings which do not have access to a driveway such as apartments, duplexes as well as mixed developments.

Electric Vehicle Public Charge Point Grant

There is an Electric Vehicle Public Charge Point Grant to support the roll-out of charge points on public streets, or in public car parks, which provide overnight parking for local residents. You can contact your local authority for more information.

Charging an electric vehicle away from home

External charge points throughout the country are available through the ESB ecars network. There are several private charge point operators with sites in Ireland.

Motor tax

The annual motor tax rate for an electric vehicle is €120 per year for a Battery Electric Vehicle. Electric vehicles are the lowest tax band for motor tax.

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Page edited: 10 April 2024