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Mercedes-Benz to roll-out own 350kw charging network this year


Mercedes-Benz will launch its own charging network, complete with up to 30 350kW chargers per hub site, across Europe starting this year, as the brand pushes to make electric vehicle ownership more accessible.

Each hub – which will offer quicker charging speeds than anything currently available – will be accessible by any electric vehicle owner at any time, but Mercedes drivers will be the only ones who get to book and reserve a charging bay, guaranteeing them a space.

Launching its plans at CES in Las Vegas today, the German brand will roll-out the green energy-powered hubs simultaneously across Europe, China and North America, with 2000 hubs to be situated across those major markets by 2027.

Plans for Europe will be announced in the coming months, but chief technology officer Markus Schäfer did not rule out the UK as being one of the first countries on the continent to get a hub. 

In North America – which will be the first region to get a hub built – 2500 chargers across 400 hubs are planned, situated “at regular intervals” near major roads and cities. A similar timeframe is expected for Europe, Schafer said.

Each hub will offer between four and 30 high-powered 350kW chargers – Tesla’s 250kW Superchargers are the current fastest, although most are exclusively available to Tesla owners – and will be covered, provide food services, and be equipped with an array of surveillance to keep drivers safe when charging at a late hour.

The move is one of a number from manufacturers to boost EV sales. Last month, Tesla offered 6000 miles of free charging at its supercharger sites for those in the UK who took delivery of one of its models between 15 – 31 December.



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