Published on 27. August 2019 (updated on 6. May 2020)
The young Austrian company go-e offers everything related to innovative charging solutions for electromobility, making e-driving more exciting, more comfortable and more efficient. With e-chargers, the possibility of connecting them to the photovoltaic system at home, to the professional application in the business sector, go-e provides a comprehensive overall solution portfolio for modern driving pleasure. And by moving to a larger company building, go-e has also repositioned itself in the growth market of e-mobility.
From startup to innovative actor
Founded in 2015 with a Kickstarter project, go-e started with a bicycle retrofit engine. In the meantime, charging technology in e-mobility has become a core business, and go-e has made a name for itself internationally in no time at all. Around 200 companies belong to the circle of partners and dealers, through which customers across Europe are supplied with the smart devices. The fact that the company with its sophisticated products is on the right track, also shows the considerable growth of the company: within a few months, the number of employees has increased from 12 to 26. The relocation to the larger corporate site has created more room for production and administration to design more sustainable and customer-focused articles.
The charger for all customer needs
Customers value the go-eCharger HOME + for its universal usability, extensive functions and convenient use. With only one device, everything that the electric driver desires is covered: a device for home as well as on the road, which offers full function equipment in a small space. In addition, the chargers from go-e can be used for electric cars from all manufacturers. By using the appropriate adapters, which are also available in the go-e assortment, charging is possible at any socket.
It is also the customer needs that go-e attaches particular importance to in its development activities. Thanks to the practical use and user-specific functions, which also offer customization options, the joy of electric driving gets just a little more interesting.
The specialty of the charger lies in the high-end equipment, which caters to relatively all customer desires. The core of the equipment is the network capability, which enables SmartHome connections such as Alexa control or, via the open API, a connection to countless inverters of photovoltaic systems in order to use excess PV power specifically for charging e-vehicles. Furthermore, the WiFI functionality in conjunction with the free go-eCharger app, as well as the convenient control and monitoring of the charges, offers innovative ideas such as electricity exchange connection, timer functions and access control in conjunction with RFID technology.
Future-proof with load balancing
In addition to remote maintenance and online updating capability, load balancing is an indispensable tool for the mobility of tomorrow. A particularly clever function, both for the private sector as well as for business application, which is already integrated in the go-eCharger.
With several electric cars per household, condominium or car park, it is necessary to distribute the electricity. Since building connections are usually not designed for the currents required to charge multiple vehicles, the total load must be regulated. Normal house and building connections would be overloaded with the simultaneous charging of several cars.
With the aid of load balancing, the chargers communicate with each other – ensuring efficient and safe power distribution. For example, a vehicle may be charged first, distributing the power equally among several cars, or to favor charging one vehicle.
Energy management and photovoltaic connection
Another nice extension for intelligent energy management will soon be launched by go-e – the go-eController, which monitors the electrical load in the building. With this module further devices can be integrated into the load balancing system, which need not necessarily be smart home capable, for example, large consumers such as tumble dryers, stoves or boilers. The current flow can be controlled and optimized by means of a controller: for example, the charger receives less power to charge the car while cooking in the kitchen.
Even for owners of photovoltaic systems, the controller is a fine thing: E-vehicles can be supplied with excess power from the PV system.
Next step: charging solutions for the public sector
go-e also wants to help shape the world of e-mobility with other products that offer the highest degree of user-friendliness: for example, a charger for residential buildings and multi-storey car parks should soon be brought to market, as well as charging stations for public charging. In terms of development activity, the concept of sustainability has also been taken into account with these products, which has a special significance for the Carinthian company.