Ireland Support to Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Source: IEA/IRENA Renewables Policies Database
Last updated: 14 September 2020

Supporting the uptake of electric vehicles is a key element of transport policy in Ireland. A wide range of supports are in place including:

    Electric Vehicle Purchase Grant of up to €5,000 towards the purchase of a new battery electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (administered by SEAI); Electric Vehicle Home Charger Grant of up to €600 to support installation of home charger points for buyers of new and second-hand electric vehicles (administered by SEAI);Electric Vehicle Public Charge Point Grant - local authorities can apply for funding to install charge points on public street or public car parks which provide overnight parking for local residents; relief on Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) of up to €5,000 for new battery electric vehicles and up to €2,500 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (under the Tax Consolidation Act); reduced motor tax for a battery electric vehicle of €120 per annum and typically €170 per annum for a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (need to check statute); Accelerated Capital Allowance (ACA) Scheme for business purchases of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure where costs can be written down in the year of purchase rather than the standard eight-year period (under the Tax Consolidation Act); a grant of up to €12,500 o stimulate take-up of electric vehicles in the taxi /hackney/limousine sector (administered by the National Transport Authority); and Benefit-in-Kind rate of 0% which applies to staff provided with electric vehicles by their employers (under the Tax Consolidation Act).

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