e-mobility is (still) male – results of a go-e survey

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629 subscribers to our newsletter and website visitors answered a variety of questions about e-mobility in an online survey conducted by go-e in spring/summer 2020. A brief overview of the results of the survey is provided below. The go-e team would like to thank all those who gave the survey a few minutes of their time. This support enables us to align the functionality of our products and our services even better with the expectations of existing and future customers. Many thanks for participation.

More than half of the participants in the go-e survey on e-mobility are between 50 and 65 years old. At almost 97 percent, the vast majority are male. This comes as no surprise to us, as we had expected a significant surplus of men based on previous experience. Volkswagen also recently revealed that it is predominantly men who place orders for the VW ID.3. The car manufacturer was disappointed by the low percentage of women. But we at go-e are certain that e-mobility will become much more feminine in the future.

How many electric cars do households own and what range is required?

More than two thirds (68.5 %) of all respondents own an electric car, around 18 percent own two or more electric vehicles and around 13.5 percent do not yet drive an electric car. At nearly 58 percent, more than half are planning to buy at least one more electric car for their household. Around 92 percent of the survey participants prefer pure battery vehicles. Three percent are still undecided between plug-in hybrid and pure battery.

We asked, “How many kilometres do you cover in an average day by car?” Result: The electric range of current electric cars should be completely sufficient for the vast majority of respondents:

  • More than 55 % of the respondents drive less than 50 kilometres a day on average.
  • Around a third drive up to 100 kilometres a day.
  • Only 4 % drive more than 150 kilometres per day.

High charging capacity of 22 kW is important for drivers of electric vehicles

We asked what charging power electric car drivers prefer at home. Around 38 percent said they prefer to charge their electric car with 11 kW. Only around 29 percent said they prefer to run their wallbox at up to 22 kW. Nevertheless, the go-eCharger HOME+ and HOMEfix with a high charging capacity of 22 kW are frequently purchased charging stations for electric cars. More than 77 percent of those surveyed own at least one of these wallboxes. This is no contradiction, as most current electric car models can be charged with a maximum of 11 kW alternating current (AC). One of the exceptions is the Renault ZOE, Europe’s most popular electric car. A high charging capacity is important to many electric car drivers:

  • Although only 29 percent prefer to charge with 22 kW at home, 72.5 percent of those surveyed consider it very important, important or occasionally important that the car can be charged with 22 kW.

In addition to the lack of vehicle availability with high AC charging power, there are other causes (e.g. energy efficiency or sufficiently long idle times) which may be the reason why the electric car drivers surveyed do not prefer to charge at home with 22 kW. However, with a wallbox from go-e with the highest possible charging capacity, they are also equipped for future generations of electric cars.

Installation of PV system and energy management system

We are currently finalizing the go-eController, which has been announced for a long time. (Despite the many requests we do not want to give a fixed date for its market launch at this time). Therefore, PV connection and energy management system were also part of the go-e survey on e-mobility. Almost 55 percent of the respondents already own a photovoltaic (PV) system. Another 13.7 percent are already planning to install one. Less than 20 percent consider an energy management system to be of little or no importance, even though it ensures the efficient use of electricity in a building. It switches large connected electricity consumers on and off selectively, which is why the building connection does not overload. In addition, an energy management system such as the go-eController allows surplus solar power to be deliberately used for personal consumption.

In response to our final question “Would you allow your network operator access to your charging station if you could get a cheaper electricity price?” 75 percent answered “yes”. This is a clear message to the electricity providers to develop adequate tariffs.

go-e thanks again all participants for their willingness to provide information. Also helpful were the numerous suggestions and ideas for further improvement of the go-eCharger. We take the criticism submitted during the survey very seriously and are pleased about the many positive responses.