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Under the Climate Action Plan 2023, Zero Emission Vehicles Ireland has a plan to have 30% of our private car fleet switched to electric by 2030. A maximum grant of €5,000 is available for a qualifying car, which will be reduced to a maximum grant of €3,500 from July 1st. See Table 1.1 below.  

There are two types of electric vehicles: battery electric vehicles (BEVs) which are powered by a battery only; and hybrid electric vehicles, which is fuel-powered and generally uses petrol or diesel.

You may be able to get a grant from the sustainable energy authority Ireland (SEAI) if you are buying a battery-powered electric vehicle that meets specific standards. Approved EV’s with a full price of more that €60,000 and less than €14,000 will not qualify for a grant.

Table 1.1: Changes in Grant Amounts as of the 1ST of July 2023

List Price of Approved BEVGrant Amounts Until 30th of JuneGrant Amounts as of July 1st 2023
€14,000 – €15,000€2,000€2,000
€15,000 – €16,000€2,500€2,500
€16,000 – €17,000€3,000€3,000
€17,000 – €18,000€3,500€3,500
€18,000 – €19,000€4,000€3,500
€19,000 – €20,000€4,500€3,500
€20,000 – €60,000€5,000€3,500

Other Subsidies afforded to electric vehicle users remain in place, such as:

  • BEV’s with an open market selling price (OMSP) of up to €40,000 are eligible for relief from VRT up to €5,000. Vehicles with an OMSP of greater than €40,000 but less than €50,000 will receive a reduced level of relief. This relief is available to cars powered only by an electric motor and which are registered before the 20th of December 2023.
  • The annual motor tax rate for an electric vehicle is €120 per year for a BEV – which is the lowest band of motor tax.
  • The electric vehicle home charger grant is a government funded support scheme which provides a grant up to the value of €600 towards the purchase and installation of a home charger unit. Follow the attached link to apply for your electric vehicle home charger grant!