Chargers capable of delivering up to 350kW will be installed across North America, Europe, China and “other key markets”
Mercedes-Benz has announced it will build 10,000 electric vehicle chargers across several global markets, beginning in North America. The aim? To have a full network in operation by the end of the decade.
No announcement has been made about whether or when the Mercedes-Benz EV charging network will expand to Australia.
10,000 chargers would make the Mercedes-Benz network a reasonably large player in the EV charger market – but rival Tesla’s Supercharger network has more than 40,000 plugs globally.
By 2027, the global car maker hopes to have 2500 “high power chargers” across North America located at 400 hubs across the country.
Mercedes-Benz will partner with companies including MN8 Energy and Chargepoint in North America to bring the charging infrastructure to life.
The carmaker will invest just over one billion euros ($1.54 billion AUD at the time of writing) partnered with MN8 Energy to fund the project in North America.
Mercedes-Benz says that its charging network will also utilise the plug and charge function, meaning that payment for charging through a card will not be required and is instead billed automatically through the charging cable to the vehicle.
Globally, each Mercedes-Benz charging hub will have up to a maximum of 30 chargers per location depending on the region.
Concept images released by the brand show chargers built under a large solar roof, similar in design to a modern petrol station.
While Mercedes-Benz will begin its rollout in North America, several other markets including China and Europe have been confirmed.
As for the Australian market, a spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz Australia told Chasing Cars that “we have no announcements on this for our market”. Things could change with time, however.
Arguably, EV charger access and reliability is even more important in Australia, where long-distance driving is a reality for many families and businesspeople – the sorts of customers that might today own a Mercedes SUV or station wagon.
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