Experts in EV Charger Installations
Our team here at Solar Generation have many years' experience installing electric vehicle charging points. We are qualified to supply and fit domestic, commercial and workplace charging solutions to the highest possible standards.
Charge your electric vehicle with a Zappi 2 Electric Vehicle Charger. The Zappi 2 is one of the most intelligent EV Chargers on the market.
About Zappi - The smart EV charger in a league of its own
Zappi is a smart EV charger with a difference. Not only does it operate as a standard EV charger, but it also has optional charging modes to utilise 100% GREEN energy generated from your Solar PV generation. Increasing the Return On Investment (ROI) for your panels and electric car.
The Zappi car charger has features and functions which enable complete control of your electric car charging experience, becoming the first-ever EV charger of its kind. Paired with the myenergi app, you can set timers to utilise economy tariffs, use the boost function, monitor your devices, and so much more!
No PV? No Problem! If you don’t have a PV system, Zappi can still operate like an ordinary EV charging station importing from the grid. You can always add a solar PV system later.
SEAI Electric Vehicle Home Charger Grant
A government supported incentive programme has been launched to help homeowners install an electric car charging point on their house.
The scheme provides a grant up to the value of €600 towards the purchase and installation of a home charger unit! The applicant must be the owner of an eligible new or second-hand electric vehicle (EV).
Home Charging FAQ's
You can avail of our new 7kW Smart EV Home Chargers from just €1,395 (after SEAI grant) if installed at the same time as a Solar PV system.
Please contact Solar Generation to find out more about the latest night rate electricity tariffs.
The Home Charge Point is installed on an external wall close to where you park your car. For most houses this can easily be installed. However if you live in apartment without your own parking space, or in a terraced house with a public footpath at your front door it can be difficult to have a charge point installed.
No, you should not plug your car into a regular house or outdoor socket or use extension cables as this may be dangerous. The safest way to charge an electric car at home is to use dedicated electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). This consists of an outdoor socket properly protected against rain and a residual current device type that is designed to handle DC pulses, as well as AC current. A separate circuit from the distribution board should be used to supply the EVSE. Extension leads should not be used, as even uncoiled; they are not intended to carry full rated current for lengthy periods
There are three types of charging options:
• Home charging - 6-8* hours.
• Public charging - 2-6* hours.
• Fast charging takes as little as 25* minutes to achieve an 80% charge.
*Due to different types and battery sizes of electric cars, these times may vary
You can disconnect your car at any time during the charging process.
Yes, ESB eCars has a network of public charge points throughout the country. To use them you will need to contact eCars to get an access card, you can apply for one here.
The grant has to be applied for and approved before your Electric Vehicle Home Charger is installed. Please visit the SEAI website for grant application details.
Due to their relative newness, electric cars have a higher purchase price than conventional cars. However, several factors help reduce the overall cost.
- A zero rate of VRT relief of up to €5,000.
- A purchase grant for up to €5,000.
- A lower road tax of €120.
- Reduced maintenance costs (due to fewer moving parts) including dramatically lower fuel costs.
- Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV): BEVs use only a battery to power the motor and the batteries are charged by plug-in charging stations.
- Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV): HEVs are powered by traditional fuels as well as electric energy stored in a battery. Instead of a plug, they employ regenerative braking or the internal combustion engine to charge their battery.
- Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV): PHEVs have internal combustion or other propulsion source engines and electric motors. They are also powered by either conventional fuels or a battery, but the batteries in PHEVs are larger than those in HEVs. PHEV batteries are charged either by a plug-in charging station, regenerative braking or the internal combustion engine.
The motor tax for a Battery Electric Vehicle Motor Tax costs €120 per year with Plug-In Hybrid Motor Tax typically €170 per year. Toll discounts have been announced to begin in 2018 and is available to the first 50,000 electric vehicles with an electronic tag and this scheme will run until 2022. A maximum grant of €5,000 is available for qualifying Electric Vehicles when purchased privately and is determined by the price of the Electric Vehicle. Grants are also available for commercial Electric Vehicles with a maximum grant of €3,800 for qualifying vehicles. Full details can be found here.
1. Park your vehicle so that the charging socket can be easily reached with the charging connector: The charging cable must not be under any strain during the charging procedure.
2. Open the charging socket on the vehicle.
3. Plug the charging connector into the socket completely. The charging process will only start when the charging connector has a safe connection between the charge point and the car.
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are vehicles that are powered, totally or partially, by electric power from batteries charged in the electrical network.