Feb 24, 2022
Carinthian wallbox for electric cars wins ÖAMTC/ADAC test
The cheapest charging station is also the best one
The automobile clubs ÖAMTC and ADAC tested twelve wall boxes for electric cars in cooperation with Stiftung Warentest: The test winner was the charging station go-eCharger HOMEfix 11 kW from the Carinthian charging technology specialist go-e. The overall test result for the go-e wallbox was GOOD (1.8). In addition, the go-eCharger was the price-performance winner. Electric car drivers have to pay almost twice as much for the model of the second test winner. The test thus shows that good quality cannot always be judged by price.
The tests of the non-profit Stiftung Warentest from Germany guarantee reliable quality assessments for the consumer. The wallboxes were tested in cooperation with independent institutes in accordance with scientific methods. The go-eCharger impressed above all with its safe and reliable charging behaviour, the versatile setting options via the app and the generally high range of functions. In the sub-areas of function and reliability, the tested go-eCharger HOMEfix 11 kW even achieved the grade “very good” (1.5), as well as with regard to electrical safety (1.3).
go-e manufactures its charging products in Feldkirchen in Carinthia, Austria and distributes them to around 20 European countries. CEO Susanne Palli, who is responsible for human resources, finance, administration, sales and marketing, is convinced of the innovative strength of the scale-up due to the test victory: “As a young company, we presented our first self-developed go-eCharger in 2017. Before that, there was no charging station for electric cars that combined the features of inexpensive and intelligence in one device. Therefore, we first conquered the hearts of many electric car drivers with our innovations in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. We are very proud that our efforts to make e-mobility even more sustainable have been rewarded with this test result. A big thank goes to the entire go-e team, all partners and customers who have accompanied this success story so far and will continue to be an essential part of our joint growth in the future.” In other European countries, go-e is also increasingly gaining the trust of consumers. Finland, for example, is currently the fourth most important market for the charging technology manufacturer.
The test winner go-eCharger HOMEfix 11 kW is able to charge any electric car and plug-in hybrid registered in Europe. The charging power can be set individually by push button or app. The charging station is Plug & Play compatible and offers numerous additional functions with WLAN, RFID reader, free app and open API interface as standard. It can even be controlled and monitored remotely. An integrated electricity meter and scheduler, the integration of a flexible electricity tariff via the partner aWATTar, the option of charging with PV surplus electricity (via API) and many other functions are intended to inspire users to charge even more sustainably. The charging station is particularly suitable for charging at home or at work.
Currently go-e employs around 100 people at three locations in Austria and Germany. Due to the very dynamic growth, about 80 more employees are expected to join the team by the end of the year. “We are investing in the expansion of the team with qualified specialists, the further training of our colleagues, in location and product development, as well as in the awareness of the go-e brand, and are thus making our contribution to the sustainable development of Austria as a business location and of society as a whole,” explains Susanne Palli.
As an alternative to the test winner go-eCharger HOMEfix 11 kW, go-e also offers a version with up to 22 kW charging power. However, the go-e success story started with the portable wallbox go-e Charger HOME+. From the very beginning, go-e has impressed with compact, updateable and smart charging stations including a wide range of functions and many safety features. The go-eCharger HOME+ variant can even be installed without an electrician and used on the move with adapters at almost any European socket.
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