If you have ordered an EV or are just thinking about making the switch, then you’ll want to consider how best to charge it. 

Charging at Home (With Off Street Parking)

If you have off street parking then installing a charger at home will likely be your most convenient and affordable option. A 7kW charge point is now the most common option and will give you the maximum charging rate available from a domestic single phase supply (If you have a 3 phase supply you can have a 22kW charger).

Read the EV Drivers Guide from NIE Networks for more information on what’s required to connect your charger to the grid and the different connection processes that may be required

Determine what is important to you and your charging scenarios, do you need smart features, integration with a solar PV system or charging for multiple cars, or do you have a strict budget or aesthetic requirements? Watch the helpful video below and take a look at our EVSE charging point article.

A government grant is available to assist with the installation of chargers at some types of home (rented properties and flats), check the details here – EV Chargepoint Grant

Contact the installers on our supporters page for more information or a quote, or talk to your chosen charger manufacturer to ask them to recommend an installer in your area. As EV’s have become mainstream many electrical wholesalers can supply EV charging equipment so talking to an electrician who has experience in this area can help. You can buy EVSE online but it’s not a DIY job, you could put yourself and your vehicle at risk if not installed correctly.

Charging at Home (Without Off Street Parking)

Currently home owners in Northern Ireland that do not have a driveway or other off-street parking have been unsuccessful in applying for permission to cross the pavement with a charging cable. EVANI continue lobbying the Department for Infrastructure to allow this using one of these example solutions. Please consider getting in touch with DfI and writing to your MP, MLAs and local councillors so demand for this is acknowledged.

As an alternative you may be able to find a nearby home with a private EV charger that’s available to rent using the Co Charger or GoPlugable apps.

As for public on-street charging, a grant is currently available to local councils for the installation of these facilities. EVANI have been lobbying all NI councils and in August 2022 a consortium was awarded ORCS funding for 124 new AC chargers in 9 council areas here (due to be installed in second half of 2023).

Home Energy Prices

To compare up-to-date energy prices in Northern Ireland, check out these Price Comparison Tables from the Consumer Council. You should consider an Economy 7 tariff, that’s one that provides a cheaper rate during a 7 hour window (1am to 8am while on GMT, 2am to 9am while on BST). This is convenient as the majority of EV drivers charge their vehicles overnight.

Charging at Work

Charging at work is a good option as your car may be parked up for 8 hours a day. Not many workplaces offer this facility at present.

The Workplace Charging grant is a voucher-based scheme designed to provide eligible applicants with support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of EV charge points. The contribution is limited to the 75% of purchase and installation costs, up to a maximum of £350 for each socket, up to a maximum of 40 across all sites for each applicant. Talk to your employer about their options for installing EV charging points.

Charging on the Public Network

Here are the Charge Point Operators currently available in Northern Ireland;

While members would welcome the facility to use contactless card payments, most charge point operators still require either an app or an RFID card / fob. At some locations a card / fob may sometime start a charger where an app cannot connect to the Internet, so they are still worth having. There are more public chargers on the way too.

Other Apps

These useful apps allow you to view chargers from multiple networks on a single map


You will also find a ChargePlace Scotland card invaluable if you are considering a ferry crossing. An Octopus Electric Universe account provides access to over 400,000 chargers across the UK and Europe on the networks below, from a single card (note this card provides access to ESB chargers in GB only, not NI or RoI).

Other Resources

If you are new to electric vehicles, then have a listen to this podcast for some useful advice and check out the 2 videos below on how to use both the AC (Destination) and DC (Rapid) chargers.