Benefits of ecars

ESB's Commitment to a Cleaner, Greener Future

Enjoying the quiet comfort of an electric vehicle isn't just great for your pocket, it's great for the environment too. Electric vehicles emit zero tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions thereby helping to improve air quality in our towns and cities, as well as reducing noise pollution..

Benefits of ecars for Customers

  • Government incentive of up to €5,000 grant per vehicle and up to €5,000 Vehicle Registration Tax relief (See
  • €120 motor tax band for electric vehicles (See
  • Government grant of up to €600 towards home charging point. Please see for details.
  • Nationwide charge point infrastructure
  • Incredible driving experience 
  • Major environmental benefits
  • Reduced running costs

Benefits of ecars for Businesses

  • Up to €7,000 grant available for the purchase of an electric vehicle for use as a Taxi, Hackney or Limousine. (See )
  • Government incentive of up to €5,000 grant per vehicle and up to €5,000 Vehicle Registration Relief (See
  • Accelerated Capital Allowance Scheme permitting write off of capital investment within one year.(See
  • 0% BIK for fully electric company vehicles.
  • BIK exemption for employees charging at their workplace.
  • Reduction in company carbon footprint

Benefits for Society

  • Significantly reduced air pollution
  • Lower CO2 emissions

Environmentally Positive

Electric vehicles are environmentally friendly so ecar drivers can feel confident that they are doing something to help the environment. Electric vehicles offer a real opportunity to reduce the carbon output of the transport sector, as they emit zero exhaust pipe emissions. Most people will charge their ecars at night when a higher proportion of electricity is generated from wind. The growth in the generation of electricity from renewable sources offers a route towards carbon neutral motoring.

*Electrifying the transport sector not only reduces carbon dioxide emissions but also improves air quality in our cities by removing diesel fumes which the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2012 classed as a Group 1 carcinogen.

To find out about the cost effectiveness of electric vehicles compared to conventional cars, check out our cost calculator here.


What is an Electric Vehicle?

A pure electric vehicle (EV) uses only a battery that drives an electric motor and turns the wheels. A plug-in hybrid uses an electric motor that works in tandem with a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE).

In a battery-powered electric vehicle, regenerative braking is an energy recovery mechanism which slows a vehicle by converting its kinetic energy into another form, which can be either used immediately or stored until needed. This contrasts with conventional braking systems, where the excess kinetic energy is converted to heat by friction in the brake linings and therefore wasted.

A pure electric vehicle is powered solely by electricity stored in batteries within the vehicle. The battery powers an electric motor which turns the wheels and drives the car. The battery is recharged by plugging into charge points. It can also be charged by regenerative braking while driving through the motor/generator.

This is the simplest hybrid configuration. It is powered by a combination of electricity stored in a battery and either a petrol or diesel engine.

In a series hybrid, the electric motor is the only means of providing power to turn the wheels. The motor receives electric power from either the battery pack or from a generator run by an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE).

An electronics system determines how much of the power comes from the battery up to a certain speed or from the ICE. Both the ICE and regenerative braking recharge the battery.

A parallel hybrid is also powered by a combination of electricity stored in a battery and either a petrol or diesel engine. However, in a parallel hybrid, both the electric motor and Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) provide power to turn the wheels and drive the car.

An electronics system determined by driver demand at any speed decides how much of the power comes from the battery or from the ICE. Both the ICE and regenerative braking recharge the battery.