21 Jul Zero Emission Vehicles Ireland Launch Announcement
We are already seeing that there is an appetite for this switch with the increases in the purchase of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles over the past year. I hope that the grants and initiatives we are launching today, along with Zero Emission Vehicles Ireland, will make it easier for people and businesses to continue to make the switch and then to be able to charge their cars, no matter where they live.”
Key ZEVI grants and initiatives launching today
• Launch of the Apartment Charging Grant
The EV Apartment Charging grant is being launched today, for dwellings which do not have access to a driveway such as apartments, duplexes as well as mixed developments. Further information can be found on SEAI website here.
• Enhanced EV Home Charger Grant
The EV Home Charger grant is also being expanded from today. This will enable any tenants and homeowners to apply for a grant, whether they own an EV or not. This can also be used for visitor use or also at rented accommodation. Further information can be found on the SEAI page here.
• EV Smart Charger Register
From September 2022 the Home Charger grant will only apply to the installation of Smart Chargers (which EasyGo install). This will improve safety, prevent excessive electrical demand and facilitate better integration with renewable energy sources such as solar panels.
• EV Commercial Fleet Trial
A new trial is being launched today to promote and encourage the electrification of the commercial fleet in Ireland. This trial will give businesses the opportunity to test an EV free of charge for a minimum period of three months. Its purpose is to demonstrate at first hand, the benefits, savings, suitability and viability of EVs in a commercial setting. To apply or for more information see the SEAI website here.
ZEVI Initiatives Coming Soon and In Progress
• Destination Charging Grant for Sports Clubs
The Shared Island Sports Club grant will provide funding to install a network of publicly accessible chargers in communities nationwide through their local sports clubs subject to certain eligibility criteria. This grant, will operate on an all-island basis for ROI and NI and provide grant funding via National Sports Governing Bodies to eligible sports clubs and centres to help defray the cost of installing publicly accessible EV charge points.
• EV Charging Infrastructure
The draft National EV Strategy underwent public and stakeholder consultation earlier this year, with over 14,000 responses to the online questionnaire along with detailed written submissions from both individuals and organisations. Responses and submissions are currently being considered in the development of the final Strategy for publication later this year. The final Strategy will also include an Implementation Plan that will set out a pathway for delivery of a high quality national EV charging Infrastructure.
• Re-opening of Electric Small Public Service Vehicle (eSPSV) grant
The aim of the eSPSV grant is to enable owners of small public service vehicles, such as taxis, hackneys and limousines, to buy electric vehicles, championing the electric experience for passengers and drivers in Ireland. Approximately €15m was allocated in 2022 to support SPSVs to switch to electric. The scheme is kept under continuous review and was paused to new applicants in April to allow for the drawdown and payment of provisional grant offers which usually have a time limit of three months. The scheme will now reopen for applications on 1st August 2022 and is managed by the NTA.
Expansion of the current electric vans grant to include large panel vans will be announced later this year.
This is a fantastic announcement which EasyGo welcomes and will help to deliver with our leading EV charging solutions for homes, businesses and our public network.