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EV Charging Guide

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Why should you make the change?

New electric vehicle owner? We have the guidance you need to keep your car fully charged, safely insured, and ready to go.  An Post Insurance is a 100% Irish-owned company, so we understand what matters most to you.

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Charging at home

Many EV drivers prefer to charge their cars at home, so they can choose to charge for less at night time, and the car is ready in the morning. While home chargers can be an expensive investment, there is a grant of up to €600 available from the SEAI.  

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Charging in public stations

If you’re out and about, there are now almost 1400 public charging points available throughout Ireland. Fees vary, depending on the provider.  The ESB has a handy map that can help to plan ahead so that you can schedule a stop if needed. 

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How fast can I charge my car?

This depends on your car. Some vehicles can get a fast charge of up to 80% in 30 minutes, while others will require a number of hours for a regular charge. Connectors and cables also play a part — check with the manufacturer for recommended equipment. 

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Still have questions?

We’re powered by people like you, ready to support our EV and hybrid drivers and find you the best car insurance policy. Our experienced team is on hand to get you the help you need.

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Keen to learn more? Read our FAQs 

Take a look at our EV Charging FAQs and learn more about what it means to go electric.

A battery won’t last forever, but protecting the car from high temperatures, avoiding too much fast charging, ensure you're maintaining your EV correctly and following the manufacturer’s recommended battery charge will all help extend its life. 

If you think you’re going to run out of battery, it’s vital you pull over and stop the car somewhere safe, as you will lose all power when it happens.  An Post Insurance customers with the Breakdown Assistance benefit can call for help 24/7.

All energy comes with some costs, so you’ll need to pay your electricity provider at home or a charging station provider in public. The rates depend on a number of factors, including the type of charge, how much your car needs, and the time of day.   

Much like with petrol or diesel, this depends on your driving habits. If you’re on the road a lot, you’ll need to charge more regularly than other drivers who leave their car parked outside. For most EV drivers, 2-3 times a week is average.  

Normally home chargers need very little, if any, maintenance. Ask your mechanic to check the connections when servicing your car, and if you’re in any doubt about the charger itself, call in a professional, qualified electrician to take a look. 

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