Register for SEAI’s EV fleet trials and see how an EV can work for your business while saving you money and lowering emissions.

EV Commercial Fleet Trials

The EV Commercial Fleet Trial is a pilot scheme run by SEAI to give businesses an opportunity to trial a battery electric vehicle (BEV) for a maximum of one year. This trial will allow businesses real world experience of having an EV on their fleet and showcase the cost and emission savings that EVs represent.

Benefits of commercial EV fleets

1. Financial Savings

  • Purchase grants for N1 light commercial EVs
  • Home charger grants
  • Motorway toll incentives
  • Lower rate of motor tax
  • Lower rate of VRT
  • Accelerated Capital Allowances (ACA)

2. Environmentally friendly

  • No emissions from the tailpipe

How the trial works

  • SEAI will lease 50 battery electric vehicles, 30 M1 category vehicles and 20 N1 category vehicles for a period of 12 months
  • This fleet trial will be demand led. Each business will receive one EV for 3 months minimum and potentially up to 12 months depending on applications received
  • SEAI will track vehicle data analytics of participating vehicles - consent is required for tracking the EV data
  • Participating businesses will be expected to insure the vehicles themselves. EVs must be insured before being used by participating businesses
  • Participating businesses will be expected to fuel the vehicles themselves either through the installation of a charge point at their commercial premises or usage of the public charging infrastructure network. Businesses will not receive any financial support from SEAI for this.
  • SEAI will administer surveys throughout this trial

Who should apply

  • Businesses from all sectors can register their interest including small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), public sector bodies and large business. Each applicant will be asked to nominate the category of vehicle they are interested in trialling.
  • Once the vehicle has been returned from placement with a participating business, SEAI will gather the vehicle analytic data. The vehicle analytic data will inform and provide user cases for the savings made during the trial.  No location or personal information will be collected.  Please note this is a key part of the trial.
  • Businesses are not required to have a fleet to participate


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Why SEAI are running this trial

The Government of Ireland have set down significant targets to be achieved in the transport sector: a 51% reduction in emissions across the transport sector by 2030 and a target of almost a million electric vehicles (EVs) on Irish roads by 2030.

When combined with policies that support increased active and multi-modal travel, EVs represent a significantly viable pathway for the decarbonisation of the transport sector.

A significant contribution to the transport emissions in Ireland comes from the commercial fleets. There is an opportunity to significantly reduce emissions in the transport sector by encouraging the electrification of commercial fleets.

Contact us

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