Mercedes-Benz will start using Tesla superchargers in 2024 through adapters, and official NACS ports will come in 2025.
· Mercedes-Benz will adopt NACS EV ports
· Tesla superchargers will thus accommodate Mercedes-Benz vehicles
· The new charging ports will be standard starting in 2025
Mercedes-Benz is accelerating its electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure by offering access to Tesla’s Supercharger network across North America beginning in 2024. In an audacious move, the first of its kind by a German OEM, Mercedes-Benz will incorporate North American Charging Standard (NACS) ports into its new EVs, starting in 2025. For existing customers with Combined Charging System (CCS) Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), an adapter will be available from 2024 to ensure seamless charging on the NACS network. This strategy underlines Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to providing superior product experiences and full access to all major charging networks.
Starting from 2024, Mercedes-Benz drivers will gain access to more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers in North America. This will be facilitated through Mercedes-Benz’s own charging service, Mercedes me Charge, which is currently connected to more than 90,000 charging points worldwide. The Tesla Superchargers will appear on the vehicle’s map and the Mercedes me Charge app, showing availability status and price. This network expansion, coupled with Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming High-Power Charging Network, will considerably change the EV experience for Mercedes-Benz customers.
Simultaneously, Mercedes-Benz is undertaking the establishment of its own High-Power Charging Network. It plans to launch more than 400 Charging Hubs equipped with both CCS1 and NACS plugs, including over 2,500 high-power chargers in North America by the end of the decade. The first Mercedes-Benz Charging Hubs are expected to open in North America by the end of 2023. On a global scale, Mercedes-Benz plans to establish more than 2,000 Charging Hubs in North America, Europe, China, and other core markets by the end of the decade, including over 10,000 charging points.
This strategic move follows the path paved by other automakers like Ford, General Motors, Rivian, Volvo, Hyundai/Kia, and others in enhancing the EV infrastructure. It’s clear that Mercedes-Benz is committed to pushing the envelope in providing superior EV experiences for its customers, as it embraces the opportunities provided by NACS charging ports as well as Tesla infrastructure.