SEAI Electric Vehicle Home Charger Grant
Owners of a new or second hand Electric Vehicle can get up to €600 off the purchase and installation of an Electric Vehicle Home Charger.
Electric Vehicle Home Charger
Charge your electric vehicle with a Zappi 2 Electric Vehicle Home Charger. The Zappi 2 is one of the most intelligent EV Chargers on the market. Zappi is an EV charging point with special eco charging modes to optimise self-consumption of on-site solar PV.
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 traditional EV charger, it can also charge your EV using 100% FREE energy generated from your Solar PV or wind generation.
Here’s the SMART bit. Zappi can charge for FREE using your PV charger during the day and be set to charge at the most economical times at night if you have preferred economy rates from your energy provider. All controllable by the MyEnergi app.
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 your solar system later.
The quiet comfort of an electric vehicle isn't just great for your pocket, it's great for the environment too.
You can avail of our new 7kW Smart EV Home Chargers from just €395 (after SEAI grant) if installed at the same time as a Solar PV installation.
Home Charging FAQ's
You can avail of our new 7kW Smart EV Home Chargers from just €395 (after SEAI grant) if installed at the same time as a Solar PV system.
A full charge will cost as little as €2 by charging overnight at home using discounted night rate electricity. Please contact Solar Generation to find out more about 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.
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.