Mercedes-Benz Wants To Build North America’s Fastest EV Charging Network, Starts With 400 kW

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2024 Mercedes-Benz EVs will receive two years of unlimited complimentary charging at Mercedes-Benz charging hubs.

Mercedes-Benz inaugurated its first EV charging hub in North America today. It’s located at the headquarters of Mercedes-Benz USA in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

With the official start of the Mercedes-Benz Charging Network, established by Mercedes-Benz HPC North America – a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and MN8 Energy – the company aims to deliver a fast, reliable, premium charging experience for drivers of all EV brands.

In terms of charging speed, Mercedes-Benz says that the first chargers, provided by ChargePoint, are all capable of charging rates of up to 400 kilowatts, which is more than the current generation of electric cars can accept. ChargePoint says that it can even supply chargers with an output of 500 kW.

According to the press release, the company expects that at least certain EVs will be able to charge from 10 to 80 percent state-of-charge (SOC) in less than 20 minutes.

In terms of the charging standard, it’s the Combined Charging System (CCS1), but we know from the previous reports that there will also be a North American Charging Standard (NACS) option in the future. Mercedes-Benz itself is preparing for a switch to NACS in 2025.

Get ready for a game-changer in electric vehicle charging! By the end of this year, Mercedes-Benz is rolling out charging hubs at Buc-ee’s travel centers across Texas, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. And that’s not all – brace yourself for at least 55 charging hubs popping up at Simon Mall locations in the first half of 2024.

What sets the Mercedes-Benz Charging Network apart? It’s all about the premium charging experience. They’re not just plugging in cars; they’re setting a new standard for quality and customer satisfaction.

So, what’s the secret sauce? It’s all about location and amenities. Mercedes-Benz is taking the game to the streets, integrating these hubs into retail spaces. Their partnership with Simon and Buc-ee’s is a testament to this strategy. Simon malls offer food, shopping, and socializing, strategically placed in EV hotspots. Meanwhile, Buc-ee’s, known as the world’s favorite travel centers, are strategically positioned along major travel routes and in EV charging deserts.

What can you expect at these charging hubs? First up, the charging lounge. Picture this: kick back on comfy couches and lounge chairs while your vehicle juices up. They’re not stopping there – vending machines, refreshments, and restrooms are on the menu for a complete charging experience.

Worried about the weather? Fear not! The hubs come with a solar canopy, providing cover, overhead LED lighting for safety, and solar panels on top for clean electricity.

Ever driven around searching for a free charging spot? Not anymore. Intelligent Indicators, standing tall at 15 feet, tell you the status of each charging stall – in use, free, or reserved. No more guessing games.

Accessibility is key. There’s a spot closest to the charging lounge for handicap accessible vehicles, and another uncovered, drive-through spot for electric vans or EVs towing trailers up to 26 feet long.

And the cherry on top? It’s all powered by clean energy. The hubs are committed to being carbon neutral, using renewable energy through both direct and indirect methods.

Mercedes-Benz is not just charging cars; they’re charging up your whole experience. Get ready to plug in and level up!

Unlock Exclusive Perks with Mercedes-Benz Charging

Join the EV revolution with the new charging network accessible to all electric vehicles. However, for Mercedes-Benz EV drivers, there’s an extra dash of luxury with the Mercedes-Benz Charging Hubs. What’s in store? Let’s dive into the perks:

Seamless Reservations

Imagine effortlessly securing your charging spot with a simple reservation. Thanks to the native Navigation with Electric Intelligence feature on Mercedes-EQ models and the ‘Plug & Charge’ functionality on the Mercedes me Charge app, reserving a spot is a breeze. Pull in, plug in, and voila – your charging session starts automatically. No fuss, no hassle.

Automatic Payments

Worried about the nitty-gritty of payments? Fear not. As you walk away, the system ensures your payment is processed in the background. Convenience at its finest.

But that’s not all. Mercedes-Benz sweetens the deal with a complimentary charging package:

  • For 2024 model year Mercedes-EQ vehicles: Enjoy two years of unlimited complimentary charging.
  • Existing Mercedes-EQ drivers: Benefit from six months of free charging.

As for other EVs, the pricing scoop is yet to drop, keeping us on the edge of our seats.

Rolling Out the Future

In North America, Mercedes-Benz, along with MN8 Energy, is all in, investing over $1 billion to expand the Mercedes-Benz Charging Network. Brace yourself for 400 sites, housing a whopping 2,500 chargers, by the end of this decade.

Zoom out globally, and the vision gets even more electrifying. The network is set to sprawl across North America, Europe, China, and various other markets, boasting over 2,000 stations and a staggering 10,000 charging points by 2030.

Buckle up; the electric journey is about to get a whole lot smoother, stylish, and charged with perks!

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