Home charging stations.
A home charging station allows you to charge up your electric car conveniently and economically. All you have to do is take the connector from the wall and plug it into the car – the electric car takes care of the rest itself. However, it is not absolutely necessary to buy a home charging station.
If you would rather not, you can – in theory – use a completely normal household power outlet instead. This takes considerably longer, but it does mean you can avoid the costs of purchasing and installing a home charging station box. Nevertheless, electricity experts strongly advise against this, as ordinary household power outlets are not designed for such continuous loads and this could lead to overheating and cable fires. That is why we do not recommend that particular way of charging.
Have you got an electric car, but don’t yet have a home charging station? Our tip for getting started is to use public charging stations to charge up your car, such as those you might find at motorway service stations, supermarkets, shopping centres or your place of work. One hour is usually enough and it is often free too. However, there is no guarantee that these stations will always be available when you need them. The only way you can guarantee this is by installing your own home charging station.
Below you will find our recommendations for various types of housing and vehicle along with suitable offers:
Good to know.
The home charging station.
We recommend a home charging station with a capacity of 11 kW. This will work in virtually all properties in Switzerland and is sufficient for charging up an electric car completely overnight or in three to six hours.
Some charging stations offer features such as an energy meter, app-based remote control, load management and a network connection, etc. Energy meters and load management are highly recommended, especially for apartment owners and tenants in rented accommodation (particularly with underground parking), and may be required by administrative authorities and local energy suppliers.
Standards and guidelines apply to the installation of charging stations and installers must comply with them. For example, charging stations need to be registered with and approved by the energy supplier. Having obtained approval for the installation, the installer is obliged to provide the owner of the charging station with a safety certificate once all the work has been completed. But don’t worry, all this will be taken care of for you by a licensed installer.
The home check: The costs of installation vary depending on the housing and parking situation, which can lead to considerable differences in price. Typical installation is included in the price of SBB Green Class package offers and any additional costs will be stated in a non-binding quote after the home check has been carried out. The key factors that give rise to additional costs are as follows: significant distance to the central consumer unit, several wall breakthroughs or earthwork required, ageing basic installations, lack of individual meters for each residential unit and special requirements from the local energy supplier and/or administrative authority.
If the installation costs prove too high, you can cancel your order for the home charging station. If electrical installations need to be carried out in an underground parking facility, you will need to obtain consent from the co-owners of the property, the administrative authority or the landlord. The power supply must always run through your own electricity meter.