What is my charging behaviour?
If I am on the road a lot and can charge at a private power socket during appointments or overnight - e.g. at companies, hotels or at my secondary residence - the mobile wallbox is a practical solution. Various adapters also expand the range of uses to include plug formats from other countries. If, on the other hand, the electric car is primarily charged in one's own garage or carport, the permanently mounted wallbox is the perfect charging solution. No other charging option is as practical, convenient and safe: simply open the cover and plug in. The charging cable is usually permanently attached, making it theft-proof and always at hand. Unlike a mobile charger, it does not have to be retrieved from the boot before each charging session or be left lying on the floor of the garage where it gets dirty, which can lead to charging interruptions.
Which charging method suits my living situation?
If you often need to charge your electric car at different locations with electricity from different sockets, a mobile charger is a good choice. Unlike the stationary wallbox, which has to be registered in Germany, for example, the mobile version - if the power socket is already available - simply means: plug in & charge. Here, however, the scope of services is mostly limited to basic functions. For e-car drivers with their own home, in particular, this is insufficient. They want a solution with which the car can also be charged using self-generated solar power in order to make optimal use of an energy surplus. To date, the integration of the home's own photovoltaic system only works with permanently installed wallboxes. Such a charging solution can also be integrated into the smart home, which optimises the entire energy management of the house.
What do I use the e-car or the plug-in hybrid for?
If the electric vehicle is used for purely private purposes, it is of little importance who charged how much electricity for which distance. However, this is important if a distinction has to be made between private and professional use or if several drivers share a wallbox. Only permanently installed wallboxes, such as the P30 c- and x-series from KEBA, offer the possibility to invoice the kilowatt hours charged at home to the employer or leasing company thanks to the fully integrated MID-certified meter, or can allocate charging sessions to different people via RFID. This is not possible with mobile wallboxes. For those who do not see price as a deciding factor: mobile wallboxes are not fundamentally cheaper or more expensive than stationary ones. Rather, price differences result from different functionalities.
Is it worth having a wallbox for my plug-in hybrid (PHEV)?
With modern plug-in hybrids, distances of up to 90 kilometers can be achieved purely electrically. That is usually enough for the commute to work or other everyday journeys. All the same, the batteries of these PHEVs are significantly smaller than those of purely battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). So, is a household socket sufficient for daily charging or does it still make sense to have a charging station?
KEBA charging station receives test rating "very good" (mark: 1.3)
As every year the German ADAC as well as and the Austrian ÖAMTC tested twelve charging stations for electric cars: half of the wallboxes put through their paces were not recommended. The KEBA KeContact P30 charging station received an overall rating of 1.3 (judgement: very good) and is therefore recommended without restriction by the two mobility clubs!
Plug or wallbox?
The standard delivery of an electric car in Europe usually includes a Type 2 charging cable that can be used for charging at a public charging station or wallbox with a socket, as well as a so-called emergency power cable with a Type F plug for the standard 230 V power outlet. You can use this emergency power cable to charge your electric car (or PHEV) in your garage at home. But should you really do that? There are several reasons why you shouldn't.