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Mercedes-Benz to Launch Initial Charging Hubs in October

Mercedes-Benz is set to inaugurate its first fast charging stations in October, a step towards its goal of a widespread, premium electric vehicle charging network.

 

  • Mercedes-Benz is gearing up to launch its initial fast charging stations, known as Charging Hubs, in October.

  • The company plans to deploy over 2,000 fast charging points by 2024 and aims for 10,000 by 2030.

  • The Charging Hubs will offer up to 400-kilowatt power output, intelligent charging management, and diverse charging connectors.


 

Mercedes-Benz has announced significant progress in its global electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure initiative, the Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging Network. The German automaker is preparing to introduce its inaugural fast charging stations, referred to as Mercedes-Benz Charging Hubs, this upcoming fall.

Mercedes-Benz charging station | Photo: Mercedes

The first trio of Mercedes-Benz Charging Hubs is slated to commence operations in October, with locations established in Atlanta (United States), Chengdu (China), and Mannheim (Germany). The company has outlined an ambitious plan to escalate its network of fast charging points to over 2,000 by the end of 2024, with a longer-term vision of surpassing 10,000 by 2030.

Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 4MATIC | Photo : Mercedes-Benz

With these Charging Hubs, Mercedes-Benz aims to redefine the standards of swift, convenient, and sustainable EV charging. Depending on regional requirements, the charging infrastructure will encompass up to 400-kilowatt power output, intelligent charging management, and compatibility with various charging connectors such as CCS1, CCS2, NACS, and GB/T. NACS, specifically designed for North America, is envisioned as Mercedes-Benz’s future charging standard in the region.

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The Charging Hubs will be strategically situated in key traffic locations and select Mercedes-Benz dealerships, offering amenities like refreshment areas, snacks, and restrooms for added convenience. Security measures, including surveillance cameras, will be in place, and some sites will feature weather-protective canopies.

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Further enhancing the customer experience, certain locations will integrate intelligent light poles providing both appropriate illumination and functional LED elements conveying information about charging availability and vehicle status.

The Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging Network will be accessible to all-electric vehicles and brands, although special privileges will be extended to Mercedes-Benz customers, including the ability to reserve charging points through the me Charge service to minimize wait times.

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Integration with Mercedes-Benz’s Navigation with Electric Intelligence will facilitate station location and route planning, taking into account optimal charging points. The network will offer Plug & Charge functionality, streamlining charging and payment processes upon cable connection.

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To underline its commitment to sustainability, the charging network will primarily rely on 100 percent renewable electricity, achieved through green electricity contracts or accredited renewable energy certificates. Solar panels may be introduced at select sites.

Mercedes-Benz charging station | Photo: Mercedes

While Mercedes-Benz establishes its independent fast charging network, it continues to collaborate with other initiatives. The company has been involved with the Ionity network in Europe and recently announced participation in a joint venture with six other automakers in North America.

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