Mercedes Benz charging

Plans to launch a global high-power Mercedes-Benz-branded EV charging network have been revealed by its chief technology officer Markus Schäfer.

The rollout will start this year in North America in partnership with MN8 Energy and ChargePoint, and Europe, China and other main markets will follow.

The North American network is scheduled for completion by 2027, by which time a total of more than 400 hubs with more than 2,500 high-power chargers will cover the continent.

Schäfer said they would be spaced at regular intervals close to motorways, major intersections and metropolitan areas, and will offer a premium, sustainable and reliable charging experience.

The locations and surroundings of the Mercedes-Benz charging hubs will be carefully selected with wider customer needs in mind, and will have food outlets and toilets situated nearby.

Facilities will also be equipped with surveillance cameras and other measures to provide a safe and secure charging environment.

The hubs will offer four to 12 – and ultimately as many as 30 – high-power chargers (HPC) with up to 350 kW charging power.

Intelligent charge-load management will allow each vehicle to charge at its maximum capacity, keeping waiting times to a minimum. The network will be open to all electric vehicle brands, but Mercedes-Benz customers will enjoy special benefits, such as the ability to reserve a charging spot.

Schäfer said: “At Mercedes-Benz, we’re fully committed to making the charging of battery electric-vehicles easier and more accessible. By selecting MN8 Energy and ChargePoint as our partners in North America – two of the leaders in their respective fields – we’ll be able to continue to drive the transformation towards an electric future, which is one of the main pillars of our holistic, sustainable corporate strategy.”