Mercedes-Benz to open first high-power charging stations worldwide this fall

Global fast charging network to 2,000+ points by 2024
Mercedes-Benz to open first high-power charging stations worldwide this fall
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Mercedes-Benz opens its first high-power charging stations this fall, implementing its far-reaching plans to expand its global charging infrastructure. Starting in October, the first Mercedes-Benz Charging Hubs will go into operation in Atlanta (USA), Chengdu (China) and Mannheim (Germany). By the end of 2024, Mercedes-Benz aims to further expand its global charging network to over 2,000 high-power charging points. The long-term goal is to create more than 2,000 Charging Hubs with over 10,000 charging points by the end of the decade.

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Mercedes-Benz Charging Hubs at a glance

With this charging network, Mercedes-Benz sets new standards for fast, convenient and sustainable charging of electric vehicles. Depending on region, the charging stations offer charging rate of currently up to 400 kW, provided via the respective standard charging systems CCS1, CCS2, NACS and GB/T. Thanks to intelligent charging management, each vehicle can be charged at its maximum power rating. This reduces the charging time for customers to an absolute minimum.

When selecting the location of the Charging Hubs, Mercedes-Benz attaches great importance to a pleasant and safe customer experience. The charging stations are located at main traffic areas and select Mercedes-Benz dealerships, and offer other nearby amenities, such as refreshments, snacks and restroom facilities. To ensure the safety, it is planned to equip the charging stations with surveillance cameras. At selected locations, intelligent light poles offer not only appropriate lighting but also functional LED elements that provide information on the availability of the charging point and the charging status of the vehicle. Canopies at selected Charging Hubs offer protection against weather.

Special benefits

The charging network is open to drivers of all brands. Mercedes-Benz customers receive special benefits. For example, they can reserve a charging point through the Mercedes-Benz me Charge service. This helps reduce waiting times for charging. The Mercedes-Benz charging network will be seamlessly integrated. It will complement the existing access users have to over 1.3 million charging points worldwide. With the help of Mercedes-Benz’s Navigation with Electric Intelligence, the charging stations will be integrated directly into route planning to show the best way to charge. To make the charging experience even more convenient, the charging stations will offer additional convenience features, such as Plug & Charge. This service enables Mercedes-Benz customers to automate the charging and payment process as soon as the charging cable is plugged in.

Reliable charging options

On this occasion, Franz Reiner, CEO Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG said, “We firmly believe that electric mobility is the key to a sustainable, zero-emission future. Our goal is to create an infrastructure that offers electric vehicles reliable and easy charging options.

He stated that they actively support the transition to electric mobility. They are broadening global charging options and setting new standards in electric vehicle charging through the Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging Network.

Reiner further expressed a desire to encourage customers to transition to zero-emission vehicles. The aim is to make a positive contribution to environmental preservation.


Sustainable mobility with green energy

In line with its sustainable business strategy “Ambition 2039”, Mercedes-Benz enables customers to charge in an environmentally friendly way. This is achieved by using 100% renewable electricity within the charging network.

This is preferably done through green electricity supply contracts wherever possible or by using renewable energy certificates from an accredited supplier. Selected Charging Hubs will also be equipped with solar panels to provide electricity for the hubs themselves.

Extension of global charging opportunities

Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz continues to drive its “electric only” strategy forward and commits to a future-oriented charging infrastructure by investing in a global charging network. With the development of the Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging Network, Mercedes-Benz is expanding its existing offering continuously. Part of this is also the European fast charging network IONITY and the recently announced joint venture with six other OEMs to further expand the North American charging infrastructure. The Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging Network is an additional key component of the company’s overall electrification strategy. All businesses related to the charging ecosystem are housed under Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG.

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