This is a new government initiative to support the roll out of Electric Vehicle Public Charge Points. Local Authorities can apply to install charge points on public street or public car parks which provide overnight parking for local residents.
About the grant
- The Climate Action Plan commits to a target of 936,000 electric vehicles on Irish roads by 2030. Ensuring there is the necessary infrastructure in place to support this step up is crucial.
- Local Authorities such as County Councils, are ideally placed to identify the most suitable locations for installing these new charge points.
- This grant will support the rollout by Local Authorities of up to 1,000 on-street public charge points for electric vehicles over the next 5 years, supporting the widespread uptake of electric vehicles.
- This grant scheme is designed to support residents without access to off-street parking who would like to switch their petrol or diesel car for an EV but lack access to charging infrastructure.
- Increasing the number of on-street charge points will allow those who do not have a driveway access to a charge point. This will remove a key barrier to the uptake of electric vehicles.
- Charge points may be located where public parking is provided on-street or in Local Authority car parks. In many cases, on-street charge points may be integrated with street lighting in a single lamppost.
Types of chargers supported
It is expected that the chargers installed will comprise primarily charging posts and lamppost chargers. Charging posts typical supply AC power at 230V via two plug sockets each supplying 22kW of power.
Lamppost chargers usually fit within a lamppost and supply AC power at 230V via one plug socket at 3-7kW of power.
Grant amounts available
Grant support is offered for each charge point (i.e. a single EV plug socket). A total of 75% of the capital costs will be provided, capped at €5,000 per single charge point.
Note a charge post may contain two charge points, in which case a charge post would receive up to €10,000 per post.
How to apply
This grant is open to Local Authorities / County Councils only.
- Application forms are only available on request.
- Please send an email request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Include the following text in your subject line: “EV Public Charger Application Form Request”
- Please note we will only accept 20 applications per Local Authority at a time. Once the first 20 are processed, you may apply again.
- To qualify, you must abide by the charge points, electrical, safety and planning standards. You must have a full plan in place which includes pricing, maintenance, billing and customer support.
I’m a Resident, how do I get a public charge point on my street?
Councils are not obliged to participate in this charger scheme, so firstly make your interests known to them and ensure that they are aware of this scheme. Councils are expected to identify the areas of highest demand where the chargers will receive highest usage. A method for achieving this and confirming demand and local acceptance for a proposed charger has not evolved yet, however it is expected that a more formal process will emerge once the scheme becomes established.
Will I have to pay to use these public chargers?
Yes. The minimum price for using these chargers is not expected to be cheaper that those prices available to a domestic electricity customer with access to off street parking using their own electrical supply. Operators will need to charge enough money to cover the following costs: the cost of the electricity supplied, standing charges, PSO levy, maintenance, call outs, administration, customer support and billing. By providing a subsidy for each charger, these costs do not have to be as high as they would otherwise if the operator needed to pay for the equipment costs. Therefore it is expected that the costs will be competitive enough to provide annual fuel cost savings with respect to petrol and diesel.
What charges will apply?
Councils and operators will be free to choose a pricing system. Pricing could be based on kWh unit consumption, times spent on charger, time of day, connection cost. They may choose to offer membership or subscription services with special discounts. This will become clearer once the first schemes begin operation.
Will I have to join a scheme?
No. It is a condition of this grant to the Local Authorities that anyone will be able to use any charge point without being a member or without being a subscriber to a service. This is referred to ad-hoc charging. Operators will be free in how they choose to implement this. Current thinking suggests that this is most likely to involve the use of a smart phone app in order to facilitate payment. This will evolve once the first schemes emerge.
Terms and conditions
The EV Public Charger Scheme (the “Scheme”) is funded by SEAI through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. The funding for the Scheme is limited and all applications are subject to the following conditions:
- The Terms and Conditions are those published on the SEAI website on the date of submitting the application. However, SEAI may, if required by law or otherwise and without incurring any liability, vary, revise or supplement the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme after the Applicant’s submission of an application and these revised or supplemented Terms and Conditions (as published on the SEAI website) will apply to the application unless the Applicant chooses to withdraw its application or withdraw from the contract. The Applicant must monitor SEAI’s website in order to learn of any such changes to the Terms and Conditions.
- The only eligible applicants to this scheme are Local Authorities.
- Any expenditure incurred prior to grant approval or following grant expiry will be deemed ineligible.
- Applications will only be accepted from eligible applicants via the EV Public Charger Application Form.
- The Applicant acknowledges that the timing of payment to approved grantees is subject to the funding allocated by the Government to the programme in a particular calendar year in accordance with public financial procedures. Where fund is exhausted in a particular calendar year, payment to remaining applicants will be deferred until such time as further funds become available. Deferred payments will receive priority, if and when those funds become available.
- Where applicable, the MPRN number associated with an installation must not be linked to a previous payment made under this scheme.
- Grant aid is available for up to 75% of the total installation costs to a maximum value of €5,000 per Charge Point (i.e. a single socket) per post which includes the charger cost and installation costs. Note where a post contains two sockets, 75% support may be offered up to a maximum value of €10,000 per Charge Post.
- VAT is not an eligible project cost unless the Applicant can provide a letter from Revenue stating that they do not have VAT recovery in relation to the project.
- The Applicant and SEAI are of the view that there is no supply of goods or services between them and therefore there is no VAT chargeable to SEAI by the Applicant in relation to payment of the grant. In the event that the Revenue Commissioners determine that, in their view, VAT is chargeable then the grant payment shall be regarded as inclusive of any VAT charge.
- Locations must be based in Residential areas and selected based on demand in order to facilitate users without access to off street parking. Eligible locations include public streets and publicly owned car parks which provide access to local residents.
- All charge points must comply with the following as a minimum: a. S.I. No. 414/2018 - European Union (Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure) Regulations 2018. b. Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) version 1.6 or later. c. Connect to a Charge Point Management System configured to disseminate information relating to availability and pricing. d. Installation must comply with ESB Distribution Code Version 2.0 October 2007 or later. e. Electrical connections must be compliant with the latest National Rules for Electrical Installations (currently ET 101: 2008). f. Plugs and sockets must comply with IEC 62196 g. All applicable Health & Safety Regulations
- All EV chargers installed must be installed in full compliance with the requirements of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, as amended and associated regulations.
- The Applicant must ensure that compliance is achieved with the relevant principles of Irish and EU law regarding the spending of this funding and, where applicable, the laws and guidelines concerning public procurement and State aid. The Applicant acknowledges and agrees that as it is a public body, it is a condition of the grant that all products being procured by the grantee, shall comply with the European Communities (Energy Efficient Public Procurement) Regulations (S.I. 151 of 2011), as amended or replaced from time to time, which oblige public bodies when purchasing products to only procure products that are explicitly listed on the SEAI Triple E Register, or satisfy the energy efficiency criteria published by SEAI for the relevant product categories.
- A dedicated clearly marked parking space must be provided per Charge Point with adequate enforcement measures in place to ensure access to EV which require charge. Markings must be compliant with Article 19B of the Road Traffic (Signs) Regulations, 1997 (S.I. No. 181 of 1997) as amended by the Road Traffic (Signs) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 444 of 2015).
- Each Charge Point must be accessible and operational 24 hours per day with contact details provided to the user in case assistance is required.
- Ensure each Charge Point must be remotely accessible with an ability to resolve issues remotely. The location of each charger must be provided to SEAI.
- SEAI will be required to prepare a publicly accessible online EV charger map. This map, at a minimum, must display information about the charger and its current status in as close to real time as possible. Operators must provide access to this information to SEAI in order to facilitate development and ongoing operation of this EV charger map.
- Ensure that each Charge Point is accessible to all users including ad hoc users who are not members of any membership scheme or subscribers to any service provider.
- Where fees are charged, these must be structured such that
- a. Fees should not be lower than would arise for a domestic electricity customer with off street parking and a home charger. Operators must publish their fees online and these should be easily accessible and understood by consumers.
- b. Ad hoc users (i.e. those not members of any scheme or subscribed to any service provider) must be able to access any charger supported under this scheme at any location. This can be via a phone app or other appropriate method.
- c. Information on parking and charging fees and special terms must be clearly displayed and accessible to potential users.
- Claim for payment must be made on an official Payment Request Form as attached with the Letter of Offer pack. This Form must be fully completed and returned to SEAI with all of the applicable support documents as outlined on the Payment Request Form.
- Payments are only made by electronic fund transfer into the bank account nominated on the Payment Request Form.
- SEAI or its agents reserves the right to conduct audits on any grants or conduct compliance visits to installations in receipt of an EV Public Charger grant to satisfy itself that the charger installation has been completed, and fully paid for, in line with these terms and conditions either prior to making a payment in respect of any claim or following a payment in respect of any claim. Failure to accommodate such visits will result in either complete revocation of the Grant or clawback of the Grant.
- All works must be completed and a valid claim for payment received by SEAI within 12 months of the date of the letter of offer.
- Full responsibility for the information presented in the application form and supporting documentation submitted rests with the applicant concerned. SEAI or their agents shall not accept any responsibility for errors or omissions contained in applications for grant aid or any required supporting documentation.
- It is the responsibility of the Applicant to familiarise themselves with the scheme Terms and Conditions, the specifications and any amendments thereof and the consequences for breaches of the scheme.
- SEAI has the right to revoke funds where there are issues with project delivery e.g. quality, safety, timelines, completion and incorrect products.
- All electrical work must be undertaken by a fully qualified and authorised electrician who is registered with Safe Electric Ireland.
- Upon completion of an installation, a Safe Electric Ireland Certificate Number 1 complete with Test Certificate must be provided for each installation.
- SEAI accepts no liability or responsibility, whether for breach of contract, negligence or otherwise, in respect of any direct or indirect loss, expense , dispute, claim, proceedings or cause of action arising out of, or in relation to, any product (or its suitability), any materials (or their suitability), equipment (or its suitability), work, system, service, specification, standard, installation or the qualification or performance of the Contractor in respect of which a Grant Offer has issued, or grant approval or payment was given by SEAI. No undertaking, guarantee, assurance or other warranty, express or implied, is given by SEAI, or any of its agents or servants, in respect of the cost, quality, efficiency and /or benefit of any work, equipment, materials, product, service or installation provided under the Scheme.
- In the event of any breach of the Scheme Terms and Conditions, the specifications and any amendments thereof by the Applicant, and where the Applicant has received payment pursuant to the Scheme, SEAI shall, amongst its remedies against the Applicant, be entitled to demand the complete repayment of and fully clawback the Grant. The Applicant agrees to comply with any such demand within one month of the date of the letter from SEAI containing such demand.
- The Applicant shall follow the SEAI complaints procedure in relation to any disputes between the Applicant and SEAI concerning any matter in connection with the Scheme.
- Any false, fictitious or fraudulent statements or claims knowingly made on grant applications, or supporting documentation, submitted in respect of previous grant applications / claims or otherwise made to SEAI, its authorised officers, or Inspector, or any breach of these Terms and Conditions of the Scheme may result in current and future applications being deemed ineligible by SEAI. In respect of applications where the Applicant has already received payment pursuant to the Scheme, Clause 30 shall also apply.
- The Applicant acknowledges that SEAI is subject to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2014, as amended (“FOIA”). SEAI undertakes to use its best endeavours to hold confidential any information provided by the applicant subject to its obligations under law, including the FOIA. Should the applicant wish that any of the information supplied by him/ her should not be disclosed because of its sensitivity, he/ she should, when providing the information, identify the same and specify the reasons for its sensitivity. SEAI will consult with the applicant about such information before making a decision on any Freedom of Information request received.
- Any personal information which an Applicant volunteers to SEAI will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, strictly in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, 1988 to 2018, as re-enacted, amended or replaced from time to time, and pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation (meaning Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC) and any related legislation. SEAI, as data controller, and its agents, will store such information on its database and fully respect the confidentiality of the data provided. The information provided by applicants will be used for evaluation purposes and to facilitate the administration of the Grant process. This may require that data be supplied to and discussed, in confidence, with any person or organisation appointed by SEAI to assist in assessing or monitoring this application. These persons will be subject to the same requirements for data protection and confidentiality. The Applicant’s signature on the offline manually submitted Application Form (or the Applicant’s acceptance of the Terms and Conditions indicated on the online Application Form) is treated as confirmation that SEAI and its agents may use the information thus supplied for the aforementioned purposes.
- The Applicant understands that all of the data collected in the administration of the Scheme will be aggregated by SEAI as a means of analysing the overall Scheme effectiveness e.g. in terms of cumulative achievements, market trends, and/ or environmental impacts. The disclosure of this data will not involve the release of any personal data.
- The general location and charge point power data may be used by SEAI or its agents to assess the impact of multiple EVs charging in the given area on the local electricity system and the development of future methods. SEAI may assess this data directly or share this data with third parties for analysis purposes.
- SEAI may contact the Applicant occasionally to gather opinions on grant scheme, electric vehicles, pricing, siting, usage or charging infrastructure related matters.