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

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Value of electric vehicle grants

Privately bought EVs

A maximum grant of €5,000 is available for qualifying new M1 (passenger car) battery electric vehicles (BEVs) when purchased privately. Approved EVs with a full price of more than €60,000 and less than €14,000 will not receive a grant. The full price of the vehicle to the customer includes all optional extras, paint, delivery and any other chargers but excludes any incentives such as grants or rebates.

The grant amount will depend 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 EVBEV
€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
€20,000 to €60,000   €5,000

Commercially bought EVs

SEAI provides grant supports towards the purchase of new N1 (light commercial vehicle) 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 BEVs when purchased commercially.  Approved BEVs with a list price of over €60,000 or 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.

Large Panel Vans

At the launch of Zero Emission Vehicles Ireland the expansion of the current N1 grant was announced. The grant will be for new large panel vans (BEV only) with a technically permissible maximum mass of not more than 3500kg (N1 category vehicle). Large Panel Vans with a price, excluding all grants, rebates incentives and inclusive of all optional extras, delivery charges, metallic paints etc. of €90,000 or less will be eligible for this grant. 

Applications will be submitted in the same way as all SEAI vehicle grants, via an SEAI registered EV dealer A letter of offer must be in place before a vehicle is registered. Once this grant is open for applications all EV dealers will be notified.

For all details on Zero Emission Vehicles Ireland visit their website www.gov.ie/ZEVIreland/

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 EVBEV
€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 €60,000 €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    Electric Vehicle Privacy Notice

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
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 2022. Find about more about VRT.

Motor tax

The current motor tax for a BEV is €120 per annum.

Contact us

Email evgrantscheme@seai.ie