Claim up to €600 towards the purchase and installation of an electric vehicle home charger unit.
About the scheme
A new government funded support scheme has been introduced to assist homeowners install an electric vehicle charge point on their property. The existing free home charger scheme operated by ESB Ecars ends in 2017. This new scheme will begin in 2018 and will provide a grant up to the value of €600 towards the purchase and installation of a home charger unit. The applicant must be the owner of an eligible new or second hand electric vehicle (EV).
- Any private owner who buys an eligible EV in 2018 or later is eligible to apply for this grant.
- The EV must be parked on an off-street parking location associated with the home and the charger must be connected back to the fuse board of the home of the applicant.
- The Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN), which you can find on your electricity bill, will be used to confirm the location of your home.
- The property can not be associated with a previous EV vehicle grant and charge point offer. For example, it can not have availed of the free ESB Ecars home charger pre 2018.
- Do not commence any work before the start date on your Letter of Offer otherwise this expenditure will be deemed ineligible and you will not receive grant support for it.
- Only vehicles registered new or bought second hand from 2018 onwards are eligible for a home charger grant.
- Only vehicles which are now or were previously eligible for grant support under the EV Grant Scheme are eligible.
- EVs include Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) or Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs).
- Vehicles purchased new in Ireland, privately imported as new or privately imported as second hand and registered in Ireland in 2018 or later are eligible.
- Second hand cars where ownership by the applicant occurs in 2018 or onwards are eligible.
- Vehicles must be registered for private use.
No more hassle, charge at home while you sleep!
Step by step process
- Complete our online Electric Vehicle Home Charger grant application form. You will need your Meter Point Reference Number (the full 11 digit number on the top of your electricity bill) and your home address Eircode. If you are buying a new EV here in Ireland and receiving an EV grant from SEAI, you will need to provide your application ID which will be available from your car dealer.
- You may also receive a hard copy of the application form from your nearest registered EV dealer.
- Once your application has been approved, you will receive a Letter of Offer. This will be issued to you complete with a set of Terms and Conditions and a Payment Request form.
- From when you receive your Letter of Offer, you have 6 months to complete the installation of your charge point.
- The work can only be performed by a fully qualified electrician who is registered accordingly with Safe Electric Ireland.
- Once the installation is completed you should complete the Payment Request Form. This will be completed by you and your Electrician.
- Your Electrician must provide you with a copy of the Certificate Number 3. Review this and ensure it is completed properly.
- Post your Payment Request Form to the address indicated on the Form together with the following items:
- Fully signed and completed Payment Request Form including bank account details
- Certificate Number 3
- Copy of Test Record sheet from Electrician
- Vehicle Registration Form (not required for a New car purchased in Ireland)
- Photographs of the installed charge point and the EV showing vehicle registration plate
Your electrician must send a fully completed copy of the Certificate Number 3 to Safe Electric Ireland. We will check with Safe Electric Ireland that the relevant certificate has been filled for that work and that the electrician is a fully approved and registered electrician. Once this is confirmed, we will make an electronic payment of the grant amount to the bank details provided by the you.Apply Now
Should I survey my House first?
Yes, it is recommended to get an electrical survey of your home done before finally deciding on the EV and home charger combination you are finally going to purchase. You should investigate what the power in kilowatts (kW) requirement of the on-board AC to DC charger will be for single phase 230 Volt supply will be.The electrician will examine the quality of your home wiring with respect to the current safe electrical standards and the proposed power demand from your EV.
He/she may recommend upgrading the wiring before installing your charger unit. Typically the upgrades may include one or all of these:
- Improving the Earthing connection.
- Increasing the wire size of the connection between your fuse board and your electricity meter.
- Improving the electrical bonding between the metal pipes in your house.
Should these upgrades be required, please note that these costs are not eligible for grant support.
What is the Maximum Size of Home Charger I can install?
Typical homes have a maximum fuse size of 64 amps. At 230 Volts single phase supply, this would allow a maximum possible power consumption of 14.7kW by the home. Electric cars have on-board AC to DC chargers. Typically chargers come available in 16 amp and 32 amp connections sizes resulting in 3.7kW and 7.4kW maximum charger sizes respectively. Note that your car could be capable of 7.4kW power but your Home Charger may only be sized to supply 3.7kW or less power to the charger. In this case the car should automatically adjust to the lower power supply. So it is important to establish what the on-board car charger is capable of firstly.
Next it is important to survey the electrical loads in the house. The following gives an example of typical large loads:
- Modern Electric Power Shower = 8-10kW
- Electric Oven = 2.4 to 5kW
- Immersion Hot Water Heater = 3kW
- Kettle = 2kW
If all of these were going at the same time your home would be consuming 20kW of power which is far in excess of the maximum ability of the typical house supply limit of 14.7kW! In this case the main fuse in your fuse board would trip and disconnect you very quickly from the electricity network. You would then need to switch off some of these loads before resetting the fuse and reconnecting your home to the electrical power supply.
Now if you add a 7kW or larger EV Home Charger to this list of loads you could have a problem if someone decides to use the Power Shower for instance. In this case it may be possible to use a Priority Switch to ensure that only one of these loads is able to run at any given time. Your electrician will be able to advise on this option once your house is inspected. It is important to note that the EV Home Charger will not be supplying 7kW all of the time. Typically the power demand from the car battery pack is larger at the start of the charging cycle and drops off towards the end. So if your car started charging at 11pm, the power consumption by the charger would be at a maximum value at the start and as it nears full charge status later on the power consumption will be significantly lower
Other solutions to power limits in your home may also include increasing the power rating of your home. This would involve upgrading the electrical connection for your home. ESB Networks will need to be consulted as they will need to modify your connection point. Then your electrician will upgrade all necessary fuses and wiring within your home. An upgrade of 64amps to 80amps for example would give a new maximum power supply limit of 18.4kW to your home. This route would be considered a relatively expensive option but may be considered if the house was old and found to be in need of re-wiring for instance.
What Home Charger products are acceptable?
SEAI does not currently maintain a list of approved products. Your Safe Electric electrician or your EV Vehicle Dealer will assist you in sourcing a suitable Home Charger product. The following minimum Technical Standards and Directives must apply to the Home Charger product installed:
- 93/465/EEC - The affixing and use of the CE conformity marking
- IEC 61851 - Electric vehicle conductive charging system
- IEC 62196 - Plugs, socket-outlets, vehicle couplers and vehicle inlets – Conductive charging of electric vehicles
- 89/336/EEC - Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive
- WEEE(2002/96/EC) - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive
Do I need a Home Charger or can I keep using a Travel Charger / Extension Lead?
Home Chargers are permanent connections on the side of your home which allow typically 3kW to 7kW of electrical power to flow for hours at a time. This means that the cable is able to safely carry 16amps to 32amps of electrical current reliably without over heating and causing a risk of fire. The Home Charger unit is the recommended method for charging your vehicle at your home in terms of convenience and speed of charge.
Many EV manufacturers supply extension leads or travel chargers, sometimes referred to as “granny cables”. These leads feature the normal connector for the car on the car side but a standard 3 pin plug on the domestic socket side. These cables and components can be typically designed and rated for up to 13amps of current supply and for as long as the car will require. It is important therefore to ensure that within the home, the 3 pin socket in the wall is of sufficient quality and rating to ensure it can deliver the amp current required by the car for hours at a time.
The granny cable must be connected and laid out like an extension lead. It can be plugged into an appropriate outdoor weather rated 3-pin socket or alternatively, the cable lead must be fed through a window, for example, back to a 3 pin socket in the wall inside the home. This cable is long and can create a trip hazard especially at night in the wet.
Therefore, the permanent exterior wall mounted Home Charger is the recommended solution for home charging.