Mercedes-Benz opens its first high-power charging stations this fall, implementing its plans to expand its global charging infrastructure. Starting in October, the first Mercedes-Benz Charging Hubs will go into operation in Atlanta (USA), Chengdu (China) and Mannheim (Germany).
By the end of 2024, Mercedes-Benz aims to further expand its global charging network to over 2,000 high-power charging points. The long-term goal is to create more than 2,000 Charging Hubs with more than 10,000 charging points by the end of the decade.
Depending on region, the charging stations offer charging rate of currently up to 400 kW, provided via the respective standard charging systems CCS1, CCS2, NACS and GB/T. With intelligent charging management, each vehicle can be charged at its maximum power rating.
The charging stations are located at main traffic areas and select Mercedes-Benz dealerships, and offer other nearby amenities, such as refreshments, snacks and restroom facilities. To ensure safety, it is planned to equip the charging stations with surveillance cameras.
At selected locations, intelligent light poles offer not only appropriate lighting but also functional LED elements that provide information on the availability of the charging point and the charging status of the vehicle. Canopies at selected Charging Hubs offer protection against weather.
The charging network is open to drivers of all brands. Mercedes-Benz customers enjoy special benefits, for example the ability to reserve a charging point via the Mercedes-Benz me Charge service to reduce waiting times. The Mercedes-Benz charging network will be integrated and will complement the more than 1.3 million charging points to which users already have access worldwide.
With the help of Mercedes-Benz's Navigation with Electric Intelligence, the charging stations will be integrated directly into route planning to show the best way to charge. To make the charging experience even more convenient, the charging stations will offer additional convenience features, such as Plug & Charge. This service enables Mercedes-Benz customers to automate the charging and payment process as soon as the charging cable is plugged in.
Mercedes-Benz also enables its customers to charge in an environmentally friendly way with 100% renewable electricity used within this charging network. This is preferably done through green electricity supply contracts wherever possible or by using renewable energy certificates from an accredited supplier. Selected Charging Hubs will also be equipped with solar panels to provide electricity for the hubs themselves.
With the development of the Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging Network, Mercedes-Benz is expanding its existing offering continuously. Part of this is also the European fast charging network IONITY and the recently announced joint venture with six other OEMs to further expand the North American charging infrastructure. The Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging Network is an additional key component of the company's overall electrification strategy. All businesses related to the charging ecosystem are housed under Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG.