Mercedes-Benz is already preparing for an all-electric future with its growing EQ lineup, but it also knows having a reliable charging network will be a key piece of the puzzle. Today at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the German automaker revealed it will be creating a global network of charging stations as part of a broader $1 billion investment into strengthening its electric vehicle ambitions, with North America first on the list.
The charging network doesn’t yet have a name, but it will be the first visible fruit from a partnership comprising Mercedes, energy producer MN8 Energy and ChargePoint, an EV charging network company. Mercedes said it plans to have more than 2,500 chargers spread out across 400-plus locations by 2027, the bulk of which will be near major roads and retail centers in urban centers and key cities. Other locations will include participating Mercedes dealerships.
Mercedes-Benz also revealed that while the charging network is tailored to its EV models, owners with EVs from other brands will also be able to plug in and charge as long as they have the proper charge port or adapters. The charging stations themselves will have a modular design and be roughly similar to what’s seen in many traditional gas stations, with lighting, security cameras and a roof to help shield from rain and other inclement weather. Additionally, Mercedes said the charging stations will offer up to 30 high-power chargers that will offer up to 350 kilowatts. Charge load management should permit EVs to charge at their maximum capacity and reduce waiting times.
More details about the charging stations are expected to follow, but the company did reveal that Mercedes owners will be able to reserve a spot and pay for charging with the Mercedes Me Charge app. Owners of other EVs will be able to use other payment options before they hook their vehicle up for a charge. Construction in the U.S. will begin before the end of 2023, with the whole network slated to be completed before 2030.
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