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Mercedes Benz Set to open first EV fast-charging stations

What To Know

  • Mercedes-Benz is set to introduce its advanced high-capacity charging hub infrastructure in the fourth quarter of 2023, boasting speeds that reach an impressive 400kW — a capability unmatched by any electric vehicle currently on the market.
  • In an ambitious endeavor, the automaker’s blueprint entails establishing a total of 400 hub points, equipped with 2,000 chargers across the United States, along with a complementary network of 2,000 stations spanning the globe by the culmination of 2024.
  • The latest update from the company informs that “depending on the geographical area, the charging stations will offer an utmost charging rate of 400kW, facilitated through the corresponding standard charging frameworks such as CCS1 (North America), CCS2 (Europe), NACS (Tesla), and GB/T (China).
  • Adding to its initiatives, the company disclosed plans to unite forces with six other automakers — namely BMW, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Stellantis — to forge a vast network encompassing 30,000 novel EV fast-charging stations spanning North America, commencing in the summer of 2024.

Mercedes-Benz is set to introduce its advanced high-capacity charging hub infrastructure in the fourth quarter of 2023, boasting speeds that reach an impressive 400kW — a capability unmatched by any electric vehicle currently on the market.

This development was officially disclosed by the company. These charging stations will make their debut in key locations such as Atlanta, Georgia (which serves as the company’s headquarters in the US), Chengdu, China, and Mannheim, Germany.

In an ambitious endeavor, the automaker’s blueprint entails establishing a total of 400 hub points, equipped with 2,000 chargers across the United States, along with a complementary network of 2,000 stations spanning the globe by the culmination of 2024.

In earlier months, Mercedes-Benz had unveiled its collaboration with ChargePoint, marking the genesis of the “Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging Network.”

The initial installations were devised to incorporate both CCS and Tesla’s NACS (North American Charging Standard) connectors, with a novel provision for non-Mercedes EVs to access these stations.

The latest update from the company informs that “depending on the geographical area, the charging stations will offer an utmost charging rate of 400kW, facilitated through the corresponding standard charging frameworks such as CCS1 (North America), CCS2 (Europe), NACS (Tesla), and GB/T (China).”

An assurance was extended that every vehicle will have the capacity to charge at its highest power threshold, thanks to the implementation of intelligent charging management, thereby curtailing waiting periods.

The designated hubs will be strategically situated in “primary traffic zones and handpicked Mercedes-Benz dealerships,” an augmentation provided by the company.

Recent declarations by Mercedes highlighted its intention to adopt NACS for its electric vehicles in North America. Before that transition, an interim solution will enable vehicle owners to access the Tesla Supercharger network utilizing a CCS-to-NACS adapter, slated for release in 2024.

(At present, Tesla presides over approximately 1,847 Supercharger stations within the US, boasting a total of 20,040 Supercharger ports — accounting for nearly two-thirds of all DC Fast EV charging ports.)

Worth noting is that the collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Tesla remains distinct from the proprietary charging network associated with the Mercedes brand.

Adding to its initiatives, the company disclosed plans to unite forces with six other automakers — namely BMW, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Stellantis — to forge a vast network encompassing 30,000 novel EV fast-charging stations spanning North America, commencing in the summer of 2024.

This expansive network will also be equipped with the versatile CCS and NACS connectors, catering to a wide array of electric vehicles.

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