Wallbox with charging socket – what does that mean?
A wallbox with a charging socket has no fixed charging cable. It has a slot into which to plug your charging cable to recharge your fully battery-electric vehicle (BEV) or your plug-in hybrid (PHEV). It is distinguished from a conventional wall socket that supplies a coffeemaker with power, for example, by the type of plug: A socket wallbox is compatible with the type 2 plug, which has become standard and is widely used.
Advantage of a wallbox with socket: more damage protection
A cableless wallbox is mainly used in public places. The reason for this is basically the principle of personal responsibility. If you use your own cable to charge your car, you will be careful to stow it properly afterward. With a fixed cable, the risk of leaving it on the ground and thus getting it dirty or even run over and damaged by another car is much greater. Moreover, a wallbox with a socket also allows for non-type-2-socket-compliant vehicles to be charged. The cable you bring along acts as an adapter from type 2 to the required format (e.g. type 1).
Of course, the contacts of a socket wallbox are not only protected by a cover but also guarded in such a way that there is no danger of touching the outlet if used properly. In some countries (e.g., France) the law stipulates yet another safety mechanism: the so-called shutter. This literal access restriction makes sure – similar to a child safety lock in a wall socket – that the plug only connects to the actual socket when it is fully plugged in. When the plug is pulled, the shutter immediately closes again.
Advantage of wallbox with cable: more comfort
The big advantage of a wallbox with a cable is that it’s more convenient to use. No need to dig out the charging cable from the (perhaps still full) boot of your car; no need to stow it away before your departure either. Pick up the plug. Plug it in. Done. Or: Pull out the plug. Hang it up again. Done. Either way, you’re done in a matter of seconds. And unlike a cable, which you might leave on the garage floor, a wallbox with a fixed cable won’t get your hands dirty. It doesn’t get any quicker or more convenient than that.
Note the cable length as you make your purchase
When you buy your wallbox with a fixed cable, pay attention to its length. It is usually between 4 and 6 metres. If the wallbox is well-positioned, a shorter charging cable is sufficient. But if your next e-vehicle has its charge port at a different position (e.g. a front port is about 5 metres from a port on the rear flank), the cable might already be too short. This could make your initial idea to save money quite costly in the long run.
Charging at home – What’s important
Those who want to charge their cars not only at work or at public charging stations, but also at home, have to consider a number of aspects. Here are compact answers to the six most important questions, from the approval and installation of a wallbox to charging speed and electricity costs.
Is it worth having a wallbox for my plug-in hybrid (PHEV)?
With modern plug-in hybrids, distances of up to 90 kilometers can be achieved purely electrically. That is usually enough for the commute to work or other everyday journeys. All the same, the batteries of these PHEVs are significantly smaller than those of purely battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). So, is a household socket sufficient for daily charging or does it still make sense to have a wallbox?
"Urcharge" project examines crucial questions about the viability of e-mobility for everyday use
One of the largest and longest electric mobility field tests in Austrian history starts tomorrow. For the project "Urcharge" (Urban Charging) 51 households in a Linz residential complex will be exchanging their fuel car for an electric car including their own KEBA charging station, which is integrated into the Linz AG charging solution "WallBOX CitySolution". It will provide answers to fundamental questions about what infrastructure and charging behaviour is needed in order to make the day-to-day use of e-mobility a decisive environmental protection factor in urban areas, even for densely populated areas. The start of the project had been postponed due to Corona - now the project gets underway.