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Electromobility is expensive, says the vernacular. According to the manufacturer's website, a Tesla is available from around 45,000 francs. That may not be expensive for a new car, but for many it is too expensive to switch from petrol to electricity. Roger Kunz, CEO of Auto Kunz, offers the all-electric JAC e-S2 for less than 20,000 francs. Plus a trial period for three months with the Chinese small SUV. The entrepreneur falls below the "magic limit" of 20,000 Swiss francs by separating the price of the car from that of the battery.

"I believe in a fuel-free future. That is why I want to make the changeover possible for as many people as possible," says Roger Kunz. Auto Kunz is the general importer of the Chinese brand JAC and has been selling the vehicles since 2019. Successfully, as he says

A numbers game for the environment

A new JAC e-S2 costs from CHF 29,989 at Auto Kunz. "But only if the customer pays for everything himself," he says. Because cantons and insurance companies support electric vehicles. He therefore advises comparing insurance companies and clarifying to what extent the canton of residence supports drivers with subsidies. The car itself costs CHF 19,989 at Auto Kunz. The battery can be paid off in 84 monthly instalments at 159.95.

According to the website of the TCS initiative Swiss eMobility, cantons, cities and municipalities support electric car buyers with between 300 and 5000 francs. In addition, there are similar subsidies or insurance discounts.

"An electric car is not only worthwhile because of the subsidies," says Kunz. He calculates the fuel costs in advance. A JAC has a range of 275 kilometers per battery charge of 40 kWh. Charging costs around CHF 8, with an average electricity price of CHF 0.20 per kWh. By way of comparison: an average petrol engine burns 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres. At a price of CHF 1.60 per litre, the distance of 275 kilometres costs CHF 31.25. "On top of this comes the CO2 pollution for the environment," says Kunz. If we extrapolate this figure to one year, the savings are around CHF 2,000 compared with conventional fuels. Calculated over five years, the savings are even just under 9,000 CHF. Anyone who wants to do their own calculations can do so with the electrical cost calculator on the website of JAC Switzerland.

Alignment, not marketing

To make the changeover as easy as possible for its customers, Kunz not only offers service. "I deliberately want to counteract the reservations about electric vehicles," he says. His team and external drivers have tested the JAC in everyday use as well as during a rally to the Nordkapp. The vehicle passed both tests, both in downtown Zurich and in the cold of the far north. Kunz has set himself high quality standards throughout the company's history. "I don't want to betray this at the critical time of the switch to electric driving. The changeover is too important for that," he says. Because he does not see electric vehicles as a marketing gag, but as a necessary step for people and the environment.

Auto Kunz offers interested parties a "Try and Buy" model. This means that a customer can get a taste of electric cars for three months and only then has to make the decision to buy. The trial subscription includes insurance, tyres, maintenance, servicing and much more.

Further information at www.jacschweiz.ch

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