Vehicle importers who wish to join the EV grant scheme must apply to us for approval. You can nominate dealers and vehicles for the scheme once you have joined.

Joining the EV grants scheme

Criteria

Vehicle Importers must meet the following criteria to join the EV Grant Scheme.

  • The Electric Vehicles which you plan to import must meet the vehicle performance criteria below
  • Have formal approval from the vehicle manufacturer to import and supply vehicles to Ireland
  • Possess valid tax and insurance certificates
  • Be compliant with waste management regulation and maintain a network of vehicle waste treatment facilities with the relevant local authorities
  • Posses a valid Certificate of Registration from the WEEE Register Society Ltd.

Review and prepare

Before making an application please review our Vehicle Importer Terms and Agreements Form

Please prepare the following information in advance:

  • List of nominated authorised electric vehicle dealers for SEAI to contact
  • Electric vehicle price list including Statistical Codes and full VRT costs for each vehicle type

Submission

Send this information to us by email evgrantscheme@seai.ie.

​Approved importers

​Approved vehicle importers have the right to nominate individual authorised dealers and vehicle types for participation in the scheme.

Registering dealers

  • Once approved an EV importer should supply a list of authorised dealers
  • Each dealer will independently apply for registration
  • All grant applications will be made by approved EV dealers
  • The importer will notify us of any proposed changes to this list during the course of the scheme
  • The importer may also nominate their own company to become a dealer

List prices and grant amounts

The grant amount applicable to each vehicle will be based on recommended list price produced by the importer. This list price must be the full inflated price of the vehicle without grant support or VRT relief applied. The importer will notify us of any changes to these list prices during the course of the scheme.

Accelerated Capital Allowance (ACA)

All electric vehicles and charging systems eligible for grants will also be eligible for ACA. Vehicle importers are responsible for registering their products on the ACA list. For more information visit our Accelerated Capital Allowance section.

Vehicle performance criteria

Passenger Vehicle M1

A vehicle with four wheels for transporting passengers and no more than 8 seats in addition to the driver’s seat.

Light Commercial Vehicle N1

A vehicle with four wheels designed for transporting goods. Only N1 vehicles with a maximum mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes are eligible.

Battery Electric EVs

  • Range exceeding 100km
  • Top speed exceeding 100kph
  • Vehicle Warranty 3 years or 100,000km
  • Tail pipe emission of 0 gCO2/km
  • Euro NCAP Star Rating of at least 3

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV)

  • All electric range exceeding 20km
  • Top speed exceeding 100kph
  • Vehicle Warranty 3 years or 100,000km
  • Tail pipe emission less than 65 gCO2/km
  • Euro NCAP Star Rating of at least 3

Contact us

Email evgrantscheme@seai.ie