Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions - August 28, 2023
Mercedes-Benz to Launch High-Power EV Charging
Mercedes-Benz will open its first high-power charging stations this fall in an effort to expand its global charging infrastructure.
The first Mercedes-Benz Charging Hubs will go into operation in Atlanta in the U.S., Chengdu in China and Mannheim in Germany in October. By the end of 2024, Mercedes-Benz plans to expand its global charging network to over 2,000 high-power charging points and have over 2,000 charging hubs with over 10,000 charging points by the end of the decade.
The charging stations will offer a charging rate of up to 400 kW, provided via the respective standard charging systems CCS1, CCS2, NACS and GB/T.
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, Mercedes-Benz plans 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 also offer protection against weather.
The charging network is open to drivers of all brands.
"We firmly believe that electric mobility is the key to a sustainable, zero-emission future,” said Franz Reiner, CEO Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG, in a statement. “Our goal is to create an infrastructure that offers electric vehicles reliable and easy charging options. In this way, we are actively supporting the transformation to electric mobility. With the Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging Network, we are expanding global charging options and setting new standards in electric vehicle charging. We want to encourage our customers to switch to zero-emission vehicles and thus make a positive contribution to protecting our environment."
Mercedes-Benz will enable drivers to charge with 100% renewable electricity used within the new charging network. This is preferably done through green electricity supply contracts wherever possible or by using renewable energy certificates from an accredited supplier. Some charging hubs will also be equipped with solar panels to provide electricity for the hubs themselves.