Everything you need to know about our electric vehicle grants; their value, how to apply, and additional incentives to help get you plugged in.

Value of electric vehicle grants

Privately bought EVs

A maximum grant of €5,000 is available for qualifying electric vehicles when purchased privately. Approved EVs with a List Price of less than €14,000 will not receive a grant.

The grant level applies to Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV). It depends on the list price of the vehicle. This is the full non-discounted price in the absence of VRT relief or grant support.

List Price of Approved EVGrant
€14,000 to €15,000 €2,000
€15,000 to €16,000 €2,500
€16,000 to €17,000 €3,000
€17,000 to €18,000 €3,500
€18,000 to €19,000 €4,000
€19,000 to €20,000 €4,500
Greater than €20,000 €5,000

Commercially bought EVs

SEAI provides grant supports towards the purchase of N1 category electric vehicles for business and public entities.  N1 category vehicles are typically small goods carrying vans with a technically permissible maximum mass not exceeding 3500kg. 

A maximum grant of €3,800 is available for qualifying N1 category EVs when purchased commercially. Approved EVs with a list price of less than €14,000 will not receive a grant. It should be noted that these grants apply to new vehicles only and cannot be claimed on second hand vehicles.

The grant level depends on the list price of the vehicle. This is the full non-discounted price in the absence of VRT relief or grant support.

Accelerated Capital Allowance

Electric Vehicles and electric vehicle charging equipment may qualify for Accelerated Capital Allowances (ACA).  For further information, click here.

List Price of Approved EVGrant
€14,000 to €15,000 €2,000
€15,000 to €16,000 €2,500
€16,000 to €17,000 €3,000
€17,000 to €18,000 €3,500
Greater than €18,000 €3,800

Commercial purchases and De Minimis Funding

EV Scheme grants are classed as de minimis state aid and therefore are subject to the 3 year €200,000 ceiling. Dealers will be asked to complete a de minimis declaration within the grant application form.

How to apply

  1. Choose a make/model of EV. Our comparison tool can help you make your choice.
  2. Head to your nearest dealer to take a test drive. The dealer will answer any performance and specification queries you may have.
  3. When purchasing a vehicle the dealer will apply for the grant for you. The grant amount is deducted from the total price agreed for your new Electric Vehicle.

As with any purchase we recommend contacting a number of dealers to obtain the best price for your vehicle.

*Please note that SEAI grants are not available for second hand EVs.*

View grant eligible vehicles

Additional financial incentives

Direct CO2 emission values are used to calculate the Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and annual Motor Tax bands for vehicles.

  • Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) have no tail pipe emissions of CO2
  • Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) should have CO2 emissions circa 60g/km
VRT

VRT is paid whenever a car is registered for the first time in Ireland. Electric Vehicles receive VRT relief separately to SEAI grant support. VRT relief for BEVs is in place until the end of 2021 and for PHEVs until end of 2020. Find about more about VRT.

Motor tax

Motor Tax in January 2016 for a BEV is €120 per annum and typically €170 per annum for a PHEV.

Contact us

Email evgrantscheme@seai.ie