What is a wallbox, and when should it be purchased?

A Wallbox is a private charging solution for electric vehicles (EVs), that is used in both residential and commercial settings. When owning an EV, the installation of a wallbox at home can make perfect sense for the following reasons:

  • Charging Speed: Wallboxes are capable of charging an electric car significantly faster than a normal socket. Depending on the wallbox’s power output, charging speeds will range between 3 and 12 hours - a far cry from the average of 19 hours through a conventional household socket.
  • Charging Cost: With a wallbox, charging will be around CHF 0.20 per kWh (depending on current energy prices), while public charging stations will cost CHF 0.60 per kWh on average.
  • Subsidised Installation Costs: The installation of a wallbox will cost between CHF 2000 and CHF 6000. However, depending on the residence canton, it may be possible to receive governmental subsidies for installing a wallbox. Basel-Stadt, Berne, Geneva, Jura, Lucerne, St. Gallen, Thurgau, Ticino, Vaud, Valais and Zürich financially support electric mobility. Find out more about the subsidies available in your council by visiting www.energiefranken.ch.

The installation of a wallbox does not need a permit from the council. However, tenants and those renting a parking spot will to ask their landlord for permission.