There is an additional grant available to domestic users of up to €600 towards the purchase and installation of a home charger unit through the SEAI. While higher powered home chargers can be more expensive, in the majority of cases the grant will cover most or all of the cost of purchase and installation. However, this scheme is limited to private owners and the EV charge point must be on an off-street location such as a driveway or garage.
The installation must be carried out by a qualified electrician who is registered with Safe Electric Ireland. Once the work is carried out, a payment request form along with the other necessary paperwork must be submitted prior to the grant amount being paid out.
Typically this work will also include a switch to a domestic night rate with the electricity supplier. Doing so will reduce the cost of charging the car overnight. Depending on the EV’s battery size and state of charge, the cost of a full charge on a domestic bill can range from €3 to €6. This should provide a driving range of between 250-480 kilometres. In comparison to the same driving range in a combustion engine car, the savings are significant. PHEVs have a much smaller battery and generally only require 2- 4 hours to fully charge.