In May 2023, EVBox Livo and EVBox Elvi have been accepted for SEAI's Smart Charger Register scheme, enabling consumers to access the Irish Electric Home Charging Grant that offers up to €600 towards the purchase and installation of a smart home charging station. The grant contributes to the Irish government’s goal of making EV ownership more affordable and sustainable transportation more accessible in Ireland.
AMSTERDAM, September 26, 2023 — EVBox, a leading provider in electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, offers EVBox Livo and EVBox Elvi AC charging stations in Ireland, which are now registered on the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Smart Charger Register. The SEAI is an autonomous agency operating under the Irish government, focused on promoting sustainable energy practices and policies in Ireland. Their EV Home Charger Grant Scheme exclusively supports smart charging stations that meet strict, often best-in-class energy efficiency standards.
The Electric Vehicle Home Charger Grant is a government-funded scheme assisting residents and homeowners to install an EV charging station on their property. The scheme provides a grant up to the value of €600 towards the purchase and installation of a home charging station. The scheme is open to homeowners or renters to apply for a grant, whether they own an electric vehicle or not. To start the application, the applicant must complete the form via the SEAI website.
This initiative is part of the Irish government's €352 million retrofitting scheme, aimed at promoting energy-efficient home upgrades resulting in warmer, healthier, and more cost-effective homes. Simultaneously, it contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with plans to retrofit 500,000 residential houses in Ireland.
To support this initiative, EVBox proudly participated in the Retrofitting Ireland event at Limerick University, which brought together experts to delve into the current national and EU-level policies. The event emphasised accessible resources and fostered awareness about companies and technologies driving energy-related renovations.
In a 2017 survey of Irish consumers, upfront costs stood out as the main obstacle for EV adoption, prompting the introduction of the EV Home Charger Grant Scheme. Thus far, the grant has already made a significant impact, with a 52% increase in EV registrations between July 2022- July 2023. Mr. Brian Cooke, SIMI (The Society of the Irish Motor Industry) director general, points to consumers applying for SEAI grants as a key driver of this growth.
The Irish government is on the right track, and we're here with EVBox to back their efforts. As we can see from the survey of Irish consumers, upfront costs are a big concern for EV adoption. But with initiatives like the grant, we hope to tackle that hurdle and push for a more sustainable future.Gerwin Sieders (CCO at EVBox)
Despite a positive trend of increased uptake of electric vehicles, greenhouse gas emissions linked to transport are continuing to rise in Ireland. We will see more electric vehicles on the road and should encourage this shift by simplifying the process of installing charging infrastructure in homes. By promoting accessible, user-friendly charging solutions, we can help many Irish households adapt to the energy transition.Seán Kelly (Member of the European Parliament)