Mercedes-Benz announced plans for its own-brand electric vehicle charging network at the CES 2023 tech show in Las Vegas.
The company plans to operate globally, including in North America, China and Europe, and hopes to have its custom electric vehicle infrastructure in place by the end of the decade.
The joint venture will help Mercedes-Benz go fully electric in as many markets as possible by 2030.
Mercedes-Benz drivers can already access selected charging networks through the Mercedes Me ownership app. However, the Mercedes-branded network should make life easier.
Global network by 2030
Work on building the network will begin later this year, with the US and Canada being the first regions targeted.
Mercedes-Benz will partner with MN8 Energy, one of the largest solar and battery storage companies in the United States. ChargePoint, a major supplier of EV charging technology, will also contribute its expertise.
By 2027, Mercedes-Benz wants to have a network of more than 400 charging centers in the US and Canada.This will include 2,500 with charging capacity Up to 350kW.
Hubs will be located in major cities and close to major arterial routes and destinations.selected Mercedes-Benz dealership There will also be an on-site charger.
‘An engaging charging experience‘
Mercedes-Benz EV owners will be able to pre-order a charger directly from their car, skipping the queues.The device will provide “Plug and Play” feature, just connect the charging cable to process payments and authorizations.
Although aimed at Mercedes owners, the company’s EV network will open to all electric car. This is done to increase the overall level of EV ownership.
Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-Benz, said: “Mercedes-Benz already offers what we consider to be the best electric vehicles on the market. But to accelerate the transition to electrification, we need to ensure that the charging experience also keeps up with the times. .
“Our customers deserve an engaging charging experience that makes owning an electric car and traveling long distances easy. We’re not going to take a wait-and-see approach to building it. That’s why we’re launching a global premium charging network. It’s designed to be our The customer owns another differentiator for Mercedes-Benz and becomes a potentially value-creating asset for our company.”
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