Mercedes is launching a global EV charging network with 10,000 fast chargers coming to Europe, North America China and other main markets by 2030.
The first of 400 hubs with more than 2,500 electric chargers are due to arrive in North America this year with the roll-out in the US to be completed by 2027.
It will then be extended into Europe and China, taking the total number of Mercedes charging stations to 10,000 by 2030.
Each hub will have between four and 30 fast chargers and the charging stations will be able to accommodate 350kW with the potential to increase.
Although the network will be available to all brands, Mercedes customers will be able to pre-book a charging station from their car, and use the MercedesMe service to pay for their charge and reserve a slot at a charging station.
Mercedes partners in North America include MN8 Energy, a renewable energy and battery storage owner-operator, as well as ChargePoint, a specialist in charging network design and provision
Also, the manufacturer’s current partnership with charging provider Ionity will continue.
Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG said, “Our customers deserve a compelling charging experience that makes electric vehicle ownership and long-distance travel effortless. We won’t take a wait-and-see approach for this to be built.
“That’s why we are launching a global high-end charging network.
“It’s designed to become another differentiator of Mercedes-Benz ownership for our customers and an asset with value creation potential for our company. We are excited to start in North America with strong and experienced partners like MN8 Energy and ChargePoint.”