Mercedes-Benz will open its first electric charging stations this fall.
Like Tesla (which makes its Superchargers free on August 29), the manufacturer is thus starting to expand its global charging infrastructure.
The first Mercedes charging stations are approaching
When considering the acquisition of an electric car, special attention is paid to the power of the vehicle, its autonomy, but also (and above all?) its recharging. Also, with more than 45,000 chargers around the world, Tesla has a good head start.
Not enough to discourage the German Mercedes, which announced today the installation of its own network, with the first stations which will be operational from the end of this year. The firm promises secure environments (with cameras), but also locations that can be sheltered, in case of bad weather.
The manufacturer explains: Depending on the region, the charging stations currently offer charging power of up to 400 kW, supplied by the respective standard charging systems CCS1, CCS2, NACS and GB/T. »
First in the USA, China and Germany
Initially, from October, the first charging stations signed Mercedes will be installed in the United States, China and Germany, respectively in Atlanta, Chengdu and Mannheim.
By the end of 2024, Mercedes-Benz aims to expand its global charging network to more than 2,000 high-power charging points. The long-term goal is to create more than 2,000 stations with more than 10,000 charging points by the end of the decade, to follow the expansion of the electric car market.
Mercedes specifies that its charging network will be open to drivers of all brands. Mercedes-Benz customers will, however, benefit from special advantages, such as the possibility of reserving a charging station through the Mercedes Me service in order to reduce waiting times. Remember that Tesla will also open access to its Superchargers to another manufacturer very soon.
Source : Engadget