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Wallbox Complies with AFIR: Your Guide to Regulation-Ready Charging Solutions

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Wallbox leads the charge toward AFIR compliance, offering cutting-edge charging solutions for every need. From fast chargers to semi-public options, we’ve got you covered.

As the electric vehicle landscape continues to evolve, so do the regulations governing it. The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) is the latest milestone in the journey towards sustainable transportation. 

Wallbox is committed to staying ahead of the curve and ensuring our products meet and exceed regulatory standards.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into how Wallbox is fully compliant with AFIR, offering a range of public and semi-public chargers tailored to the needs of today’s EV drivers.

The Quasar 2 bi-directional EV charger, providing backup power during outages
Supernova’s payment terminal solution and display made it AFIR compliant

Regulation Summary:

AFIR (Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation) sets forth requirements for publicly accessible recharging points, both AC and DC, across the European Union. Effective from April 13, 2024, the regulation mandates ad-hoc payment methods and price transparency for charging services, aiming to make it as easy as possible for EV drivers to access public charging points. At Wallbox, we applaud this initiative, as it aligns with our core mission to design solutions that are centered on the user experience.

Requirements for the Charging Infrastructure:

Operators must facilitate ad-hoc charging without user registration. Payment options vary based on the charging point’s power output, ensuring accessibility and ease of use for all EV drivers. Additionally, prices must be shown clearly and transparently before charging.

Wallbox AC & DC Charging Solutions for Public Charging:

Our commitment to compliance extends across our product range. Our Supernova fast charger is AFIR-ready, featuring MID meters, credit card payment terminals, and on-screen pricing information. For chargers below 50 kW, such as the eM4, equipped with power modules with MID meters, compliance is achieved through static QR code activation, providing a seamless payment experience for users.


When is the deadline for Non-Compliant Chargers?

AFIR affects all public installations starting from April 13, 2024, in which users are billed for the charging service. Chargers not used for public charging remain unaffected.

I have chargers in stock which will be installed after April 13, 2024. What can I do?

AC chargers in stock can be deployed using the static QR code option, and they need to be connected via internet to an OCPP backend. If they do not have an built-in MID meter, an external MID meter must be added to the installation. In the case of Supernova, our PoS solution can be retrofitted.

What are the compliance requirements for chargers deployed before the AFIR enforcement date? What is the deadline for ensuring compliance?

Operators of publicly accessible recharging points that require payment for the charging service, with a power output equal to or more than 50kW, deployed along the TEN-T road network or deployed on a safe and secure parking area, must comply with the ad-hoc payment requirements by January 1, 2027. This includes charging points deployed before 13 April, 2024.

ABL eM4 is AFIR complaint through QR code activation

Wallbox’s AFIR-compliant charging solutions represent our dedication to innovation and sustainability. Whether it’s AC or DC, our products offer seamless integration, user-friendly interfaces, and unparalleled reliability. 

By aligning our products with AFIR requirements, we’re not just meeting regulations; we’re setting new standards for the EV charging industry.

With Wallbox, EV drivers can charge, knowing they’re part of a greener, more accessible future.

In their latest Q&A, the European Transport Commission clarified on the use of QR codes for AFIR compliance. According to Article 5.1 of their guidance, Member States can establish additional regulations related to alternative fuels infrastructure.