Mercedes-Benz Group is planning to construct a world community of high-power charging stations to offer its clients and electrical automobile drivers from different manufacturers higher entry to charging infrastructure able to restoring a major cost to EV batteries in minutes, not hours.
The luxurious automaker introduced a roadmap for constructing greater than 10,000 quick chargers throughout North America, Europe, China and different markets by the top of the last decade at CES in Las Vegas Jan. 5.
In North America alone, the corporate mentioned the funding will complete simply over 1 billion euros (roughly CAD$1.4 billion), unfold over the following seven years.
Mercedes-Benz goals to have an all-electric lineup throughout its key markets by 2030, however to speed up the transition to EVs, firm CEO Ola Källenius mentioned it should make sure the “charging experience keeps pace as well.”
“Our customers deserve a compelling charging experience that makes electric vehicle ownership and long-distance travel effortless,” he mentioned in a launch. “We won’t take a wait-and-see approach for this to be built.”
Källenius mentioned the brand new charging community is designed to turn out to be “another differentiator” for Mercedes-Benz clients, in addition to a probably invaluable asset for the corporate.
The luxurious model will start constructing stations in Canada and the United States this yr, following up with charger installations in different international markets all through the 2020s.
In North America, Mercedes-Benz has partnered with EV infrastructure firm ChargePoint, in addition to renewables firm MN8 Energy to construct out the charging community. The automaker mentioned it can share the greater than 1 billion euros in capital funding “roughly 50:50” with the New York-based renewable power firm. ChargePoint is headquartered in California.
Across Canada and the United States, Mercedes-Benz is concentrating on 400 fast-charging hubs that may embody 2,500 particular person cost factors with as much as 350 kW of charging energy by 2027. Most stations will probably be situated alongside main visitors arteries and at retail areas, in addition to at Mercedes-Benz dealerships, the corporate mentioned. It wouldn’t disclose what portion of the chargers could be in Canada versus the United States.
Globally, the corporate is aiming to have greater than 10,000 quick chargers up and operating by the top the last decade.
The automaker mentioned accountability for the brand new charging community will fall to its Mercedes-Benz Mobility division, which already oversees a number of different charging ventures.
Access to the community will probably be open to all EV drivers, however Mercedes-Benz clients will get preferential therapy. Among different advantages, these in a Mercedes EV may have entry to a reservation operate, which the corporate mentioned will imply “no waiting” for its clients.
Renderings of the deliberate charging hubs present a fuel station-like setting, with sequence of chargers located below canopies. Mercedes-Benz mentioned a lot of the stations may have between 4 and 12 charging ports, with some in high-traffic areas together with as many as 30 quick chargers. The firm plans to prioritize websites with meals shops and restrooms close by to offer clients the “best possible charging experience.”