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Incentives and Legislation

Incentives and legislation that aim to increase uptake of alternative fuels vehicles and infrastructure. 

If you know of other national or local incentives that should be included in this section, please send us an email and let us know.

Ownership tax benefits

Tax reductions depending on each canton policy

Company tax benefits

Tax reductions depending on each canton policy, for detailed canton information see

VAT benefits

Exemption from 25% VAT on leasing (2015)

Other financial benefits

The automobile tax in Switzerland is similar to the VAT. Electric cars (not plug-in hybrids) are exempt from automobile tax of 4 % of the vehicle value. Imported electric cars are exempt from the tax.


Local incentives

Battery electric vehicle (BEV) incentives are mostly available based on regional or municipal administrative zones. For details see:


AF infrastructure incentives

The canton of Bern supports charging stations for electric cars at companies. Maximum CHF 20 000 per charging station; max.CHF 60 000 per location.

The canton of Basel-Stadt reimburses 20 % of the purchase price of purely electric vehicles (up to a maximum of CHF 5 000 per vehicle) to companies based in the canton.