Electric Vehicle Chargers in the Home
In the Climate Action report published by the Government of Ireland this week, they have laid out plans to ban the sale of new fossil fuel cars from 2030 and to stop the granting of NCTs from 2045. These goals mean that electric vehicles (EV) will only become more popular. As their popularity increases, it is important to consider whether or not installing an EV charger in the home is worthwhile.
How much does it cost to install?
The SEAI have put a grant of up to €600 in place for those looking to install an EV charger in their home. Thanks to this grant, installing an EV charger in your home can be as cheap as €149.
How does a home charge point work?
Home charge points should be installed by a professional who will take you through the details of how to use it. You should make sure you do not plug your electric car into a domestic plug and always use dedicated electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).
Where is the home charge point installed?
The home charge point will be installed on an external wall close to the parked car. EVs are typically charged overnight, taking 6-8 hours to reach a full charge.
How much does one charge cost?
It costs approximately €2/€2.50 in electricity bills to fully charge your EV.
Can you make money from a home charge point?
The government intends to introduce a fee for public charging in a bid to incentivise the installation of more home charge points. This will mean it will work out cheaper to charge your EV at home, as well as being cheaper than traditional petrol/diesel prices. In the long run, installing a home charge point should help to save money.