KEBA wallboxes are among the most popular models on the market of charging solutions. Christoph Knogler, the CEO of the Keba Energy Automation, explained in an interview with the professionalist magazine, as he sees the current boom of e-mobility, with which innovations the Austrians want to make the loading of E-cars more comfortable and which systems that systems set that build several charging points at a location.
The registration statistics speak a clear language, the keba CEO finds: “Electromobility is no longer just something for enthusiasts or friends of sporting vehicles. Electromobility goes to social width thanks to the availability of appropriate vehicle models, which are now tailored to different buyer layers, “says Knogler at the beginning of the interview. The comparison “with the changeover to PCs at work, with the introduction of the Internet or with mobile phones” is not disposable in view of the massively rising sales figures. Accordingly, “more and more companies on this new era of mobility are prepared accordingly”, according to the Keba CEO.
“A win-win situation for all involved”
Knogler now also sees employers in the duty to participate in the nationwide expansion of the charging infrastructure: “While you take care of the charging infrastructure at home as an electromobilist home, expectation at work is another. There it becomes more and more expectation to the employer, “he says. Many companies “also want to improve their own life cycle assessment through e-mobility in terms of their own fleet,” says the manager. In addition, “CO2 and climate affairs to the debate. Thus, the installation of loading infrastructure for medium-sized companies and the industry is often a win-win situation for all involved, “says Knogler.
The construction of charging infrastructure in companies is “a consultative topic”, tells Knogler from practice. It applies to clarify many questions: “What is the right solution? AC or DC? Wallboxes or fast load systems? Load management – yes or no? Local Systems or a Charge Point Operator Service?”Since the topic is still very new and often rares little clarity at the beginning of the discussion, KEBA is now also available with a wide training and consulting offer together with some partners.
At the end, the answer for most companies alike: AC charging points as a wallbox at the parking lot with type 2 connection options, with 11 to 22 kW charging power and a load management, the whole either self-sufficient and locally or via a CPO.
Overall, the demand for charging systems “currently on an all-time high“, so knogler, with still rising tendency. But since Wallbox manufacturers are affected by the tense situation on the semiconductor market, the “delivery times today longer than they were before a year ago”. But with its own electronics and production lines in Linz, Keba be “Fortunately largely independent” and can take the scaling “myself in hand”. The company continues to see a “sustainable demand” and is “in the medium term convinced that a large part of the parking spaces will be equipped with companies, hotels, shopping centers and restaurants with charging points”.
“First of all, local, easy-to-use solutions are asked”
Be in demand above all “local, easy-to-use solutions that allow the operators of the charging stations, including the company, to accurately allocate removed kilowatt hours and, if necessary,”. So that the employee shop becomes more comfortable, KEBA is currently working on a solution with which “the consumed energy about the payroll. Salary billing as automatically and of course transparent “could be charged.
In the residential building, the challenges are similar: “There is a maximum available network connection performance. There is more than one charging point “. At the same time it applies, “to avoid expensive load tips and at the same time using the maximum available performance”. Therefore, “no way over” leads to a dynamic load management, and it needs “simple possibilities for billing as simple as possible”, be it via a Charge Point Operator and thus a single-third system or “Simple local solutions in your own network “.
The future view of the charging infrastructure sees Knogler “Very Wallbox-Straft”. He finds “that the most sensible charging infrastructure is that, which is always used with little charging power where the vehicle has a medium to long length of stay”, so where it is longer than two hours. “So the existing networks are not overwhelmed and the batteries of the vehicles spared, D.H. their service life extends “. 11 to 22 kW charging power are “absolutely out”.
For special fleets such as taxi companies or delivery services, it may also be useful to install some HPC loaders with much faster charging times. “Where investment should be precisely considered compared to the use of public HPC infrastructure despite higher kWh costs when charging,” gives Knogers to consider. He also mentions in the interview that KEBA works in addition to the AC wallboxes on the DC technology for wallboxes, which can facilitate the introduction of vehicles-to-grid technologies (V2G).
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