In a week marked by Tesla’s decision to open its UK charging network to other electric vehicle (EV) brands, Mercedes-Benz has made an announcement of its own. The German automaker revealed plans to launch its own network of charging stations, set to debut in the upcoming Autumn season.
Starting in October, Mercedes-Benz will inaugurate its first high-power charging hubs in three locations: Atlanta (USA), Chengdu (China), and Mannheim (Germany). Their ambitious target is to expand this network to over 2,000 high-power charging stations by the close of 2024. Looking ahead, their long-term vision extends to establishing more than 2,000 hubs, each equipped with over 10,000 charging points in key markets worldwide by the end of the decade.
This charging network won’t discriminate among EV brands; it will be accessible to drivers of all makes and models. However, Mercedes-Benz patrons will enjoy exclusive perks, such as the ability to reserve a charging spot through the Mercedes-Benz me Charge service, reducing wait times. This network will be seamlessly integrated and will complement the existing access to over 1.3 million global charging points. Mercedes-Benz’s Navigation with Electric Intelligence will incorporate these charging stations into route planning, guiding drivers to the most convenient charging options.
These charging stations will also introduce added convenience features, including Plug & Charge functionality. This innovation allows Mercedes-Benz customers to automate the charging and payment process as soon as they plug in their charging cable.
Franz Reiner, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Mobility, articulated the brand’s commitment to electric mobility and sustainability, stating, “We firmly believe that electric mobility is the key to a sustainable, zero-emission future. Our goal is to create an infrastructure that offers electric vehicles reliable and easy charging options. 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.”