High Speed Chargers Accessible to All EVs
Luxury brand Mercedes-Benz recently announced major plans to launch a global fast-charging network, in a partnership with MN8 Energy and ChargePoint. The new network will carry Mercedes-Benz branding, and the global roll-out will begin this year starting in North America. By the end of 2027, over 400 charging hubs with more than 2,500 high-speed chargers will cover the continent – serving as a launch pad to Europe, Asia, and beyond.
The new charging network will be open to electric cars from all brands. Mercedes-Benz customers will enjoy special benefits at the branded charging hubs, such as the ability to reserve a charging spot.
EV Chargers Will Be Close to Amenities and High Traffic Areas
Spaced conveniently at regular intervals close to highways, major intersections and metropolitan areas, Mercedes-Benz says its charging hubs will offer a premium, sustainable and reliable charging experience. The company says that charging hub locations will be carefully selected, with food outlets and restrooms situated nearby. The facilities will also be equipped with surveillance cameras and other measures to provide a safe and secure charging environment.
Selected charging points will also be covered for protection from the weather. Depending on the region and location, hubs will offer from four to 12 – and ultimately as many as 30 – chargers. With up to 350 kW of charging power, the Mercedes-branded chargers would be the fastest in the market. Intelligent charge-load management will also allow each vehicle to charge at its maximum capacity, keeping waiting times to a minimum.
Green Energy and Solar Panels
The company also says that the new charging network will allow its customers to “charge green.” It plans to ink contracts for green electricity supply, or work with accredited renewable energy suppliers. All of the Mercedes-Benz charging hubs will also be equipped with photovoltaic systems to provide electricity for lighting and video surveillance, as well as for the charging units themselves.
In order to achieve its aggressive timelines, Mercedes-Benz has partnered with MN8 Energy and ChargePoint. MN8 Energy is one of the largest solar energy and battery companies in the U.S. – allowing the charging network to maximize its access to green charging across the country.
ChargePoint is one of the world's leading charging networks, with thousands of chargers in the U.S. and Europe – and has so far powered five billion electric miles. ChargePoint already serves as the back-end provider in the U.S. for the Mercedes Me charging service.