This coming fourth quarter of 2023, Mercedes-Benz is set to revolutionize the EV charging game by rolling out its state-of-the-art charging stations capable of delivering speeds up to a staggering 400kW. That’s a speed so extreme, even the fastest EVs on the market today wouldn’t know what to do with it! The automotive giant has selected key cities for its initial launch, including Atlanta, Georgia—its American headquarters—as well as Chengdu in China and Mannheim in Germany. With a blueprint to construct 400 hub locations featuring 2,000 chargers stateside and an additional 2,000 globally by the close of 2024, Mercedes is clearly not messing around.
Earlier in the year, the German automaker shared its grand plan to collaborate with ChargePoint on crafting the “Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging Network.” These inaugural charging docks were planned to be the United Nations of power connectors, sporting both CCS and Tesla’s NACS (North American Charging Standard) connectors. And get this—the stations aren’t exclusive to Mercedes EVs. That’s right, your Tesla or Bolt can sip some of that high-power juice too.
Fast-forward to now, and the company has fine-tuned some details. Depending on the region you’re charging in, the stations are capable of delivering up to that mind-blowing 400kW through various standard charging systems like CCS1 for North America, CCS2 for Europe, NACS for Tesla enthusiasts, and GB/T for our friends in China. The company is pulling out all the stops to minimize those pesky wait times with intelligent charging management that lets each vehicle charge at its maximum power rating. As for the locations? Expect these high-speed hubs to pop up in major traffic zones and at a selection of Mercedes-Benz dealerships. Handy, right?
In a move that could be called “frenemies with benefits,” Mercedes-Benz also recently committed to adopting the NACS for its North American EV lineup. And just to sweeten the deal, Mercedes owners will have the golden ticket of a CCS-to-NACS adapter in 2024, granting them access to Tesla’s already expansive Supercharger network, which boasts 1,847 stations and 20,040 Supercharger ports in the U.S. alone.
But wait, there’s more! Mercedes-Benz is expanding its electric friendships. Just last month, they revealed plans to join forces with an Avengers-like team of automakers—BMW, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Stellantis. Their mission? To deploy a jaw-dropping 30,000 new EV fast-charging stations all across North America by the summer of 2024. And guess what? These will also be compatible with both CCS and NACS connectors. So, whether you’re a Mercedes purist or a Tesla diehard, the future of EV charging is looking pretty darn electrifying!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mercedes-Benz EV Charging Stations
When will Mercedes-Benz launch its new EV fast-charging stations?
Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil its new fast-charging stations for electric vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Where will the initial fast-charging stations be located?
The initial launch of these state-of-the-art charging stations will take place in Atlanta, Georgia; Chengdu, China; and Mannheim, Germany.
What charging speeds will the new Mercedes-Benz stations offer?
The stations boast an impressive charging speed of up to 400kW, which surpasses the capabilities of any current EV on the market.
Will these stations be exclusive to Mercedes-Benz vehicles?
No, the charging stations will not be exclusive to Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles. They will be equipped with multiple connector types including CCS and Tesla’s NACS, so other EVs can also use them.
What is the company’s plan for station expansion?
Mercedes-Benz plans to build 400 hub locations featuring 2,000 chargers in the United States and another 2,000 globally by the end of 2024.
Is Mercedes-Benz collaborating with any other companies for this initiative?
Yes, Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with ChargePoint to create the “Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging Network.” They also have plans to collaborate with automakers like BMW, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Stellantis for a separate network.
Will Mercedes-Benz cars be compatible with Tesla Superchargers?
Yes, starting in 2024, Mercedes-Benz will offer a CCS-to-NACS adapter that will allow its vehicles to use Tesla’s Supercharger network.
How will Mercedes-Benz minimize charging wait times?
The company promises intelligent charging management that allows each vehicle to charge at its maximum power rating, thereby reducing wait times.
What types of connectors will the Mercedes-Benz fast-charging stations offer?
Depending on the region, the charging stations will offer a range of standard charging systems including CCS1 for North America, CCS2 for Europe, NACS for Tesla, and GB/T for China.
Are there any other initiatives to expand fast-charging infrastructure?
Yes, aside from its own branded network, Mercedes-Benz has plans to team up with six other automakers to create a network of 30,000 new EV fast-charging stations across North America by summer 2024.
More about Mercedes-Benz EV Charging Stations
- Mercedes-Benz Official Announcement on Fast-Charging Stations
- ChargePoint Partnership with Mercedes-Benz
- Tesla Supercharger Network Stats
- Collaboration Between Automakers for Charging Infrastructure
- Current State of EV Charging Speeds
- Electrification Plans of Mercedes-Benz
- CCS and NACS Connector Standards