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Mercedes-Benz Opens Its 1st EV Charging Hub In North America! Evaluating It To Tesla’s

Mercedes-Benz Opens Its 1st EV Charging Hub In North America! Evaluating It To Tesla’s


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Right now, I received the prospect to view the EV Charging Hub that Mercedes-Benz is opening to electrical automobiles of all manufactures. I’ll publish a followup article that can cowl my first impressions of the hub. This text will describe what was introduced right now and evaluate and distinction it to the main charging community within the US, Tesla’s.

Mercedes first introduced it could be constructing a charging community 11 months in the past at CES2023. Loads has modified (particularly in North America) in these 11 months. Again then, everybody (besides Tesla) was utilizing CCS connectors. In the meantime, Tesla had introduced in 2021 that it could open the its Superchargers to different producers’ automobiles and there was a lot chatter about that. Then, in Might, Ford began an avalanche of 18 manufacturers which have dedicated to transform to NACS connectors (in any other case know on the Tesla connector). However sufficient background, what’s Mercedes-Benz saying right now?

  • Mercedes-Benz is dedicated to investing over $1 billion within the Mercedes-Benz Charging Community.
    • This was introduced in January, however this reiteration continues to be a giant quantity.
  • The community can be powered by 100% clear power utilizing carbon impartial renewable power sources.
    • This was introduced in August. With the corporate’s photo voltaic canopies, it appears to be beginning towards that instantly.
  • The chargers would be the quickest in North America, with charging capability of as much as 400 kW.
    • They beforehand claimed capability was as much as 500 kW per port in January, however the present 400 kW may all the time be enhanced sooner or later. In any case, ChargePoint simply introduced new 500 kW chargers.
  • The community can be open to drivers of all manufacturers of electrical automobiles.
    • This was introduced in January, however now they embody particulars that they are going to have each CCS and NACS connectors.
    • Though it will likely be open to all, there are a number of options, similar to Plug & Cost and computerized reservations, which can be completely for Mercedes-Benz house owners. I’m hopeful that they may open up these options to different automobiles, presumably in reciprocal agreements with different networks that open these options to Mercedes-Benz automobiles.
  • The community can be situated in key areas of EV saturation and alongside key journey corridors.
  • The community can be built-in with retail places, similar to Simon malls and Buc-ee’s journey facilities, making it simple for drivers to cost their automobiles whereas they store or journey.
    • These partnerships have been simply introduced this month. I’m a fan of journey facilities greater than buying malls. Procuring malls have historically had stage 2 chargers. It is going to be fascinating to see if these high-speed chargers can be a very good match to the time folks spend on the mall. They is perhaps “too quick” in the event that they full the cost earlier than you have got accomplished your buying.

In contrast To The Tesla Supercharger Community

Total, the Tesla Charging Community is presently extra in depth than the Mercedes-Benz Charging Community, however the Mercedes-Benz Charging Community is rising quickly. The Mercedes-Benz Charging Community additionally affords quicker charging speeds than the Tesla Charging Community. Each networks are open to drivers of all manufacturers of electrical automobiles.

Listed here are some extra key variations between the 2 networks:

  • Tesla’s Supercharger community is built-in with Tesla’s navigation system, which makes it simple for Tesla drivers to search out and use the chargers. Mercedes-Benz community is built-in with its navigation system and has computerized reservations.
  • Mercedes-Benz is partnering with retail places, similar to Simon malls and Buc-ee’s journey facilities, to combine charging into the buying and journey expertise. Tesla additionally has a partnered with many various retail companions.
  • Tesla is growing its personal charging expertise, whereas Mercedes-Benz is working with different firms, similar to ChargePoint, to offer chargers for its community.
  • Mercedes-Benz goals to offer a dependable and splendid expertise that attracts folks to their automobiles, however the proof can be within the pudding. I’ve used about 20 Tesla Superchargers within the 5+ years I’ve been driving a Tesla, and the environment range broadly. Total, I’d name them extraordinarily dependable, however not luxurious. JD Energy not too long ago gave them the highest rankings for quick chargers.

I believe it’s extremely unlikely that Mercedes-Benz catches as much as the Tesla Supercharger community in measurement, however that doesn’t look like their aim in the meanwhile. Their aim is to be the very best, and a visual advertising reminder to all of the individuals who use them that Mercedes-Benz isn’t only a chief in electrification — it gives a premium expertise and is a model that buyers try to be related to. This can be a good technique, as Tesla will clearly be transferring considerably down market, each with its huge worth prices and additional with the introduction of its next-generation ($25,000) automotive. This may depart a little bit of a vacuum within the luxurious EV area for Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Lexus, Genesis, Infiniti, Polestar, Volvo, and Acura to compete to fill. None of these rivals have introduced a charging community, so which may give Mercedes-Benz a leg up on the competitors. You may argue that Audi, as a part of Volkswagen Group, has the Electrify America community, however that isn’t branded as Audi’s and likewise has a horrible status for damaged chargers, so it definitely isn’t a lot of a assist to Audi advertising.

Right here is the announcement in full:

Mercedes-Benz launches first EV charging hub in North America; Community goals to ship a quick, dependable, premium charging expertise for  drivers of all EV manufacturers.  

  • First Mercedes-Benz Charging Hub in North America situated at Mercedes-Benz USA  Headquarters in Sandy Springs, GA. 
  • Extra charging hubs to open throughout Texas and the Southeast by the top of 2023. Over $1 billion monetary dedication by Mercedes-Benz and MN8 Power to construct North America’s quickest EV charging community by the top of the last decade. 
  • Powered by 100% clear power utilizing carbon impartial renewable power sources. Open to drivers of all manufacturers of EVs with give attention to high quality and a Mercedes-Benz model  commensurate expertise. 

ATLANTA, GA (November 15, 2023) – Right now, Mercedes-Benz HPC North America (Mercedes-Benz HPC  NA), a three way partnership between Mercedes-Benz and MN8 Power, launching a community of premium electrical  car (EV) charging stations throughout North America, inaugurated its first Mercedes-Benz Charging Hub,  situated on the headquarters of Mercedes-Benz USA in Sandy Springs, Georgia. With the launch of the  

Mercedes-Benz Charging Community, Mercedes-Benz units a brand new customary for quick, handy, clear and  dependable EV charging, whereas selling EV adoption by increasing the North American public charging  map for all model of EVs. This inaugural charging hub is step one in Mercedes-Benz’s dedication to take a position over $1 billion, in a three way partnership with MN8 Power, to ship 2,500 chargers inside at the very least 400  charging hubs throughout North America by the top of the last decade. 

Sandy Springs, GA: North America’s First Mercedes-Benz Charging Hub

The inaugural charging hub on the Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters represents a benchmark for  standalone charging hubs. Particular options embody: 

  • 400kW Chargers: The primary chargers put in are supplied by ChargePoint and are all able to  charging charges of as much as 400kW, providing clients a few of the quickest charging speeds within the  {industry}. 
  • Open to all from day one: Drivers of EVs from any model can cost their car and revel in a  Mercedes-Benz model commensurate expertise. 
  • Charging lounge: Charging hub clients can take pleasure in a premium, clear and comfy  atmosphere whereas their car costs, full with couches and lounge chairs, merchandising  machines, refreshments, and restroom amenities.
  • Photo voltaic Cover: Supplies climate cowl for purchasers, overhead LED lighting for security and photo voltaic  panels on high to generate passive clear electrical energy. 
  • Clever Indicators: A pylon constructed to a top of 15 ft, seen from the road, signifies the  standing of the charging stall: in use, free or reserved. 
  • Accessibility: The charging hub consists of one charging spot, closest to the charging lounge, designed particularly for handicap accessible automobiles, in addition to one uncovered, drive-through charging spot that’s designed for electrical vans or EVs with trailers as much as 26 ft in size. 
  • Powered by clear power: By way of each direct and oblique means, the charging hub makes use of  renewable power and is carbon impartial. 

A Swiftly Increasing Nationwide Community

The Mercedes-Benz Charging Community will set a brand new benchmark for high quality and buyer expertise in  the charging {industry}. With confirmed companions to assist ambitions for industry-leading uptime and  reliability, Mercedes-Benz charging hubs will supply a seamless buyer expertise the place charging  fades into the background of EV drivers’ every day lives. 

“The Mercedes-Benz Charging Community expands international charging choices for purchasers of all EV manufacturers  to advertise clear, electrical mobility,” stated Franz Reiner, Chairman of the Board of Administration of  Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG. “In North America, our technique is obvious: specializing in the place EV drivers are  and the place they’re going to improve the North American EV charging map whereas setting new requirements  for high quality and buyer expertise. These efforts will pave the best way for better EV adoption right here in  North America and world wide.” 

Key to Mercedes-Benz HPC NA’s driver worth community technique is retail integration, and not too long ago  introduced agreements with Simon and Buc-ees exhibit this technique in motion. Simon stores  are locations for meals, buying and socializing situated in key areas of EV saturation – the place  clients are – and Buc-ee’s places are the world’s most-loved journey facilities situated strategically  alongside key journey corridors and EV charging deserts – the place clients are going. 

Along with right now’s first Charging Hub opening, Mercedes-Benz HPC NA introduced that a number of hubs  will open at Buc-ee’s journey facilities in Texas, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia by the top of 2023, with  additional growth in 2024. Charging hubs at Simon Mall places are deliberate to launch within the first half  of 2024, each exhibiting the ability of retail integration collaborations to facilitate a speedy community construct  out that has rapid buyer impression.  

“On the onset of MN8’s partnership with Mercedes-Benz to construct an unparalleled charging expertise,  we shared a imaginative and prescient of bringing the decarbonized future quicker,” stated Jon Yoder, President and CEO of  MN8 Power. “The unbelievable velocity with which we’ve made that imaginative and prescient a actuality, demonstrated by the  inauguration of the charging expertise right here at Mercedes-Benz USA Headquarters and the websites that  will comply with later this 12 months, is a testomony to the energy of our function and excellent skills of our  groups.”

“With the official launch of the Mercedes-Benz Charging Community in North America, we goal to set a brand new  customary for a top quality charging expertise for your entire {industry},” stated Andrew Cornelia, President &  CEO of Mercedes-Benz HPC North America LLC. “Our driver-first community will ship a few of the quickest  charging speeds and can be overtly accessible to all EV drivers from day one.”

Disclosure: I’m a shareholder in Tesla [TSLA], BYD [BYDDY], Nio [NIO], XPeng [XPEV], Hertz [HTZ], NextEra Power [NEP], and a number of other ARK ETFs. However I supply no funding recommendation of any type right here. Mercedes-Benz coated my journey bills to expertise the opening. 

All photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

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