Mercedes-Benz has confirmed initial locations and timing for installation of the first stations in the global roll-out of its 'High-Power Charging Network'.
In line with its plan to have more than 2000 EV fast-charging points operational around the world by the end of 2024, and more than 10,000 high-power chargers in place by the end of the decade, the German giant has announced the first stations, in Atlanta (USA), Chengdu (China) and Mannheim (Germany), will be up and running in the fourth quarter of 2023.
As the roll-out ramps up across North America, Europe and China Mercedes-Benz says other "core markets", likely including Australia, will be included in the program over the next few years.
According to Benz, its stations will offer charging rates of up to 400kW, delivered via relevant transmission systems (CCS1, CCS2, NACS and GB/T) and thanks to intelligent power management vehicles will be charged at their maximum power rating to minimise charge time.
And the good news is the network will be "open to drivers of all brands", although understandably, Mercedes-Benz owners will enjoy "special benefits", primarily the ability to reserve a charging point via the 'Mercedes-Benz me Charge' app.
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed initial locations and timing for installation of the first stations in the global roll-out of its ‘High-Power Charging Network’.
The plan also focuses on 'green' energy production with "100 per cent renewable electricity" used within the network. The company says "this is preferably done through green electricity supply contracts wherever possible or by using renewable energy certificates from an accredited supplier".
Selected charging hubs will also be equipped with solar panels to provide electricity for the charging on-site hardware.