The number of electric vehicles (EVs) in Ireland has risen rapidly over the past decade, and the trend is set to continue.

The rise is down to the decreasing costs of electric cars, more EV models on the Irish market, and a growing sense of environmental responsibility.

In general, the vast majority of charging is done at home, and most electric car owners will decide to have an EV charger installed.

This page will cover everything you should know about home EV chargers – so let’s dive right into it!

EV Home Charging in Ireland

The Different Types of Electric Car Chargers

Level 1 Home EV Chargers

Although it is simple and accessible, Level 1 charging is by far the slowest charging method.

Level 1 home chargers use a standard 3-prong 120-volt power socket.

Everyone who buys a new electric vehicle receives a standard Level 1 charger, but most people will decide to buy a Level 2 charger, due to the limited range that an overnight charge with Level 1 allows.

Level 2 Home EV Chargers

Level 2 charging is the best option for EV owners who wish to charge their vehicle at home.

Level 2 home charging is much quicker than Level 1. It can easily charge an electric car overnight to 80%.

This means your vehicle is ready for the morning commute, and takes away any concerns you might have about running out of battery en route to your destination.

Level 3 EV Chargers

Home charging is not suited to Level 3, but it is by far the quickest charging method.

Level 3 charge points are usually found at motorway service stations and in some car parks, but Level 3 public charge points are still less prevalent than Level 2.

Level 3 chargers can power a car’s battery to 80% in under 30 minutes, but they cost much more than Level 2.

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How Home EV Chargers Work

Level 2 charging is ideal for most people with an electric vehicle, as it allows people to fully charge their electric vehicle in a matter of hours, usually overnight, when electricity is cheaper.

While Level 1 chargers simply plug into a standard Irish type-G power socket, allowing electric car owners to slowly charge their car, Level 2 requires a dedicated charger.

Level 2 chargers, which vary in size depending on the make and model, connect directly into the electrical wiring system of your home.

AC power provided by a Level 2 charger is converted to DC electricity by a converter onboard the car before being stored in the EV battery. This DC electricity is used to operate the electric vehicle.

Level 2 chargers can have different power outputs, depending on the make and model. Popular chargers in Ireland include the Ohme Pro, providing up to 7.4kW of power, and the Wallbox Pulsar Plus and myenergi Zappi, both powering up to 22kW.

Different Types of EV Charging Points

How long does it take to charge an electric car at home?

If you have a Level 2 charging point installed, the time it will take to charge your vehicle will depend on the power output of your charging point and the battery size of your vehicle. Because of the different factors involved, the charging times can vary.

To charge a medium-sized EV (65 kWh battery) from 20% to 80% with a Level 2 11kW charger, it would take around 4 hours.

EV Charger Level EV Charger power output Small electric vehicle* Medium EV Large EV
Level 1 2.3 kW 11 hours 35 mins 18 hours 51 mins 26 hours 5 mins
Level 2 7.4 kW 3 hours 30 mins 5 hours 50 mins 8 hours 5 mins
Level 2 11 kW 2 hours 25 mins 3 hours 55 mins 5 hours 30 mins
Level 2 22 kW 1 hour 5 mins 1 hour 45 mins 2 hours 30 mins

*The times in the table are approximations for charging from 20% to 80%. For the purposes of the illustration, small vehicles have a 40 kW battery, medium EVs have a 65 kW battery and large EVs have a 90 kW battery.

How much EV home chargers cost in Ireland

The cost of an EV charger and installation will vary depending on the power output of the charger, and the quote you receive. With the €300 SEAI grant, it could cost between €800 and €1,200 to install an EV home charger in Ireland.

The simplest method for getting your EV charger installation is to get a quote from a trusted electric car charger installer. Alternatively, you can also buy EV chargers online, and then get a fully qualified electrician who has registered accordingly with Safe Electric Ireland to carry out the installation process.

The EV charger installation process is relatively simple, and can be typically carried out in a few hours, depending on a few factors such as the type of home charger being installed.

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Grants for EV Chargers

Since the start of January 2024, an EV charger grant of up to €300 is offered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) towards installation costs and the home EV charger itself.

The grant is open to everyone – even those who don’t own an electric car. Home charge points in Ireland can also be used by visitors or at rented properties.

To receive the grant, a Safe Electric Registered Electrical Contractor must be used. To be eligible, the SEAI requires that your EV is parked off-street (at home) and that the charger is connected to the back of the home.

Properties which were previously associated with an EV home charger payment are not eligible. Those which have availed of the free ESB Ecars home charger pre-2018 are also ineligible.

Government Grants for Electric Car Chargers

The Benefits of Home EV Charging

Save money

The financial benefits of electric vehicles over fuel powered cars are among the main reasons people opt for an EV. In short, charging an electric vehicle — especially at home — can save you money as you can take full advantage of off-peak rates offered by your electricity provider.

Convenience and Autonomy

EV home charging offers simplicity and convenience, with motorists being able to charge their car overnight so that it’s ready to go the next morning.

While there are hundreds of public charge points for electric vehicles across the country, they might not necessarily be on your way to your destination.

Environmental Advantages

Electric cars are better for the environment as they do not require fossil fuels to function. Charging your vehicle at home can further increase the environmental benefits of owning an EV, as a solar PV system can be utilised to provide renewable electricity for your car.

Smart Charging

Home EV charging features like a remote control allows you to power up your electric vehicle with the click of a button, and gives you more control over when to charge your EV, and for how long.   

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Installation Process

1. Choose a Suitable Location

Choosing a suitable location for your home EV charger is one of the most important first steps. To be eligible for the €300 SEAI grant, the charger must be placed in an off-street location associated with the home – and located at the back of the home.

2. Get a Quote from a Reliable Installer

Get a quote from a trusted and reliable EV charger installer, who will explain the process in more detail, and outline the installation costs of the different chargers available.

3. Choose the Best EV Charger

There are a number of electric chargers available in Ireland, and your chosen installer will help you decide the best charger to suit your needs. We suggest choosing a charger which has a warranty of at least a few years.

4. Installation

The installation process for Level 2 electric car chargers is simple and straightforward. From start to finish, the process shouldn’t take more than a few hours.

5. Checks are Completed

Your EV installer will complete all the necessary checks to ensure everything is working properly, so that you can enjoy quick charging from home straight away.

Can I survive on Level 1 charging?

It is technically possible to survive on Level 1 charging alone, despite the dramatically slower charging speed. For the vast majority of people, Level 2 is the easiest, most efficient and most practical method of charging their electric car battery.

Some people with a new electric car attempt to get by with Level 1 charging for a number of weeks or months before deciding to upgrade and install a Level 2 charger.

For larger EVs, it may take over 30 hours to fully charge with Level 1. Level 1 charging would only be feasible for a small minority who have smaller electric cars and who don’t make daily journeys, with the ability to charge their vehicle for a number of days before any long journeys.


There are hundreds of public charging stations across the country, and finding one has never been easier. Check out our map of public EV charging stations in Ireland to find your nearest charge point.

It usually costs between €800 and €1,200 for a decent electric car charger in Ireland. Prices can vary depending on the brand, model and power output of the charger that you decide to install.

EV chargers can be installed by a EV charger installation company, which is the most hassle-free way of getting a Level 2 charger in Ireland. We only recommend reliable installers with a proven track record of successful installations and happy customers.

Electric car home chargers can be installed in a matter of hours, and is usually a straightforward and simple procedure.

Level 1 charging is convenient because it doesn’t require installation, but its slow charging speeds can be a problem for EV owners. Level 2 charging, once installed, is much more convenient as it is quicker and gives you more control over your charging.

Level 2 chargers are built to withstand all weather conditions, meaning you shouldn’t run into any issues during the harsh winter months.

The cost of charging your EV at home will depend on your electricity provider and if you charge your vehicle during off-peak hours. To charge a large EV battery (90kWh) to 80% at home with a 22kW charger, it would take around 2 hours 30 minutes.

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