The Government’s policy regarding the increased usage of Electric Vehicles (EVs) is primarily driven by the Climate Action Plan which sets a target of 945,000 EVs by 2030.
Home charging is considered the primary method of charging for the majority of EVs in Ireland and is a convenient, cost effective and environmentally friendly means of charging, especially when using night rate electricity. It accounts for circa 80% of EV charging sessions and will continue to be the primary method of charging in the future. The EV Home Charger Grant Scheme has been in operation since January 2018 to support the installation of home chargers for purchasers of new and second-hand BEVs and PHEVs. The grant provides generous support towards the full cost of installation of a home charger up to a maximum of €600.
The Government has introduced a requirement that new buildings and those undergoing substantial renovation works will have to include charging points for electric vehicles if they have more than 10 car parking spaces.
As regards existing apartment buildings, work is currently being progressed to expand the EV home charger grant to include shared parking in apartment blocks and similar developments. My Department is working closely with the SEAI and expects a scheme for apartments to open shortly.
The Deputy will be aware that the Government is fully committed to supporting a significant expansion and modernisation of the public electric vehicle charging network over the coming years. A national charging infrastructure strategy is due to be published for public consultation in the coming month which will set out a pathway for infrastructure provision ahead of demand over the critical period out to 2030. This strategy will specifically address the challenge for citizens without access to a driveway, and plans for EV charging infrastructure provision for people in this category.
In terms of existing supports for public charging, the primary focus of the Public Charge Point Scheme is to provide support for the installation of infrastructure which will facilitate owners of electric vehicles, who do not have access to a private parking space, but instead rely on parking their vehicles in public places near their homes to charge their EVs. The scheme continues to be available to provide local authorities with a grant of up to €5,000 to support the development of on-street public chargers. My Department is reviewing the Scheme at present to ensure that it is as effective as possible in driving the decarbonisation effort and an updated scheme is likely to be launched shortly after publication of the EV Infrastructure Strategy