KATEK signs framework agreement for more than one million ghostONE wallboxes and aims to become European market leader for wallboxes
The electronics company has already received its third major order for ghostONE – and is setting ambitious goals for the mobility revolution.
Munich- KATEK is getting off to a flying start with the highly intelligent and fully networked wallbox ghostONE: The new white-label wallbox was only released for sale at the end of 2022, and the electronics company is already completing its third order for it. The new framework agreement with a European automobile manufacturer was concluded with the 100% KATEK subsidiary eSystems MTG GmbH, covers a period of 5 years and has a call volume of over one million ghostONE wall boxes.
“We see great potential for the ghostONE on the European volume market for wall boxes. According to current market forecasts, the private and semi-public sector will reach an installed base of 65 million boxes by 2035,” explains Rainer Koppitz, CEO of KATEK SE. “The ghostONE serves the segment for highly intelligent, fully networked wall boxes and we have the clear goal of becoming the market leader at least in Europe. The sales successes immediately after the start of sales make me very confident.”
With ghostONE, KATEK supplies a state-of-the-art wall box that offers complete networking via Ethernet, LTE, WiFi, EEBUS, MODBUS/TCP, OCPP and ISO15118. The 22kW charging solution is compatible with almost all electric and hybrid models and, with the integrated load management, can give priority to existing photovoltaic PV self-power. In the private smart home environment, ghostONE communicates via the EEBUS communication standard with the energy management system, which can be connected to a PV system, heat pumps or battery storage systems. The e-car receives an incentive table from the ghostONE and can use it to calculate the dynamic charging plan. Grid-friendly charging to adapt to the utilization of the power grid and flexible charging tariffs are also possible. Communication takes place via ISO 15118. The standard also enables electric cars and charging stations to recognize each other and exchange information. In the public area, such as public charging stations, authorization can be carried out via Plug’n’Charge. In addition, the design of the white label product can be completely adapted to the customer’s brand identity. With the ghostONE, KATEK is targeting car manufacturers, energy suppliers, wall box manufacturers, charge point operators, municipal utilities, network operators and electrical wholesalers.
“E-mobility will experience strong growth. Germany alone has a target for 15 million electric vehicles by 2030. This urgently requires intelligent charging solutions like ghostONE to make optimal use of the power grid. With ghostONE, we offer a solution that is characterized by maximum flexibility and networking,” says Jochen Paukert, Managing Director of eSystems MTG GmbH.
The ghostONE was developed by eSystems and will be manufactured at KATEK’s sites in the Czech Republic and Leipzig. Production of the current project is expected to take place entirely at the Leipzig plant. The KATEK Group covers all steps from development to rapid prototyping, material management, production, test engineering, final assembly, logistics and aftersales. Jochen Paukert: “The ‘one-stop-shop philosophy’ is a huge advantage, as the ghostONE customer has only one contact person and we can already take into account during the design of the wallbox which components are likely to be available in the next few years at the required quality, at the best prices and how the wallbox can be manufactured in a highly automated way.”