Electric Cars are gradually becoming more popular in Ireland as prices come down and efficiency and travel range increase.
See some more information about Electric Cars in Ireland
Eventually – all new cars will be electric.
To get the best value out of an electric car you need to be able to charge at home – and this will require the installation of an Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger.
But – just how much does it cost to buy and install a home charger for an electric car?
There is currently a grant available towards to cost of an EV charger which is €600.
The Eligibility Criteria for the grant are given below
- Any private owner who buys an eligible EV after 01/01/2018 is eligible to apply for this grant. (New or used )
- The EV must be parked on an off-street parking location associated with the home and the charger must be connected back to the fuse board of the home of the applicant.
- Vehicles must be registered for private use.
- The vehicle has to be registered to the applicant and to the address of the property where the home charger is being installed
Full details of the charger grant and how to apply can be found here.
Prices of Home Chargers
Electric Ireland are offering one for €749 installed – so that will be €149 after the grant. This is a7kW EV Home Charger .
We saw another supplier offering a deal of €725 (including 7.5m cable)
We have seen other retailers offering EV Home Chargers at prices starting in the region of €950 (installed) . So that would mean an outlay of at least €350 after getting the grant.
The location of the charger will affect the installation cost.
A home EV charging point is usually installed on an external wall of a house and uses your domestic electricity supply.
An electric car will draw single-phase 16A (3.6kW) when connected to your home charge point. A full charge can take between 6 and 8 hours.
Most (if not all) electricity suppliers offer lower electricity rates for night time usage of electricity. This cheaper night rate is not automatic – you need to apply for it and get a special night/day meter.
Be aware that the price of electricity on the day/night meter during the day will be higher than the normal unit rate .
But if you are charging a car 3 or 4 times a week it could be worth it.