What is the SEAI Electric Vehicle (EV) Grant Scheme?

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Electric Vehicle Grant Scheme is a government-supported scheme introduced in 2017 to assist homeowners with the installation of EV charging points on their property.

The grant scheme has been proved so successful, it was renewed for 2018 and again for 2019, as sales of Electric Vehicles in Ireland continue to grow as quickly as most EV’s accelerate.

The scheme offers homeowners a grant up to the value of €600 toward the purchase and installation of a home charger unit, provided the applicant is the owner of an eligible new or second-hand electric vehicle, registered and purchased in 2018 or 2019.

While most modern EVs come as standard with charging cables which can connect to standard 3-pin power outlets, these are typically slower methods of charging an EV – taking up to 12 hours to fully charge some EVs, from empty. 

Home charging points, particularly those offered by Electric Ireland can instead charge EV’s in a matter of hours, making them ideal for overnight charging of your Electric Vehicle.

In order to apply for the SEAI grant, applicants must meet certain requirements:

  • EV must be parked on an off-street parking location
  • The property cannot have availed of the free ESB Ecars home charger pre-2018.
  • Eligible EVs are categorised as Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) or Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)
  • Vehicles must be registered for private use.

As noted in a previous blog about upgrades to the Irish Public Charging Network, Windsor Motors is home to a continuously growing range of Electric Vehicles, both cars and commercial vehicles.

Ireland’s Best-Selling EV, the Nissan LEAF, is available from all Windsor Nissan dealerships. Windsor Nissan were the #1 choice for the LEAF in Ireland in 2018, with over 600 new LEAF’s sold across our network.

Windsor Motors is also home to the 2nd most popular EV in Ireland, the Renault ZOE. At 400km of range, the compact Renault ZOE’s official NEDC range is the longest of any mainstream Electric Vehicle. Our 3rd EV car is the Renault Twizzy, the small city EV perfect for getting around the tight streets of the centre of Dublin & Galway. Both models are available to test drive & buy from Windsor Renault dealerships in either Galway or Airside, North Dublin.

2018 also saw the introduction of Windsor’s Electric Van & Commercial Vehicle range. The current range includes this Nissan E-NV200 and Renault Kangoo ZE. Both compact vans are 100% electric vehicles. Both offer ranges of over 250km, making them perfect for city-based construction workers and tradesmen.

If you’re interested in making the jump to an Electric Vehicle for 2019, contact Windsor Motors today or use the links below to book a test drive of the EV of your choice at your local Windsor Nissan or Windsor Renault dealership.