Mercedes-Benz expands global charging infrastructure
Mercedes-Benz, one of the largest suppliers of premium and luxury passenger cars and vans, is set to unveil its first high-power charging stations this fall, marking a significant step in its global charging infrastructure expansion. The initial charging hubs will be operational in Atlanta, United States; Chengdu, China; and Mannheim, Germany starting October.
By the close of 2024, the German automaker aims to establish more than 2,000 high-power charging points worldwide. The broader vision is to set up more than 2,000 charging hubs, boasting over 10,000 charging points by the decade’s end.
Mercedes-Benz’s charging network promises fast, efficient, and eco-friendly charging for electric vehicles (EVs). Depending on the region, these stations will offer charging rates of up to 400 kilowatts (kW), compatible with standard charging systems like CCS1, CCS2, NACS, and GB/T. Intelligent charging management ensures each vehicle charges at its peak power rating, minimising charging time.
Location selection for these charging hubs prioritises customer experience. Positioned in major traffic areas and select Mercedes-Benz dealerships, they offer amenities like refreshments and restrooms. For safety, surveillance cameras will monitor the stations. Some hubs will feature intelligent light poles, providing information on charging point availability and vehicle charging status. Weather protection canopies will be present at select locations.
While the network is open to all EV brands, Mercedes-Benz drivers will receive exclusive benefits. They can reserve charging points via the Mercedes-Benz me Charge service, reducing wait times. The charging network will integrate seamlessly with the more than 1.3 million charging points globally accessible to users. Mercedes-Benz’s Navigation with Electric Intelligence will incorporate these stations into route planning. Additional features, like Plug & Charge, will automate the charging and payment process for Mercedes-Benz users.
Franz Reiner, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG, emphasised the company’s commitment to a sustainable, zero-emission future. “Our goal is to offer EVs reliable and easy charging options. With the Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging Network, we’re enhancing global charging choices and setting new EV charging standards.”
In alignment with its “Ambition 2039” sustainable business strategy, Mercedes-Benz ensures environmentally-friendly charging with 100% renewable electricity within this network. Selected Charging Hubs will also harness solar panels for electricity.
Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to an “electric only” future is evident in its investment in a global charging network. This initiative complements the European fast charging network IONITY and the recent joint venture with six other manufacturers to boost North American charging infrastructure.