Mercedes Benz announces high-power charging network across America, Europe, China and ‘other key markets

    The move to electric vehicles is clearly on, with major brand Mercedes-Benz announcing a Tesla-like fast-charging network across America, Europe, China and ‘other key markets’. It is not yet confirmed if Australia is a market they consider key at this stage, but let’s hope so.

    Mercedes-Benz plans to build out a charging network are ambitious but have indicated that ambition will only be 10,000 high-powered chargers worldwide by 2030. Given Tesla already has more than 40,000 Superchargers in 2023, that figure does seem low, however, Mercedes play at the top-end of the market in lower numbers, so this makes sense if they are exclusively for Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

    Mercedes-Benz also plans on installing solar on top of charging locations to leverage the power of the sun to reduce the cost of power to charge their EVs.

    The Mercedes-Benz charging hubs will be located in key cities and urban population centres, close to major arteries, and convenient retail and service destinations, including Mercedes-Benz dealership sites.

    To build a network of chargers, and around 2,500 charging plugs at 400 sites, Mercedes is expected to spend around $1 Billion dollars.

    Thankfully Australia has a growing 3rd-party charging network, however, any OEM investment would certainly be appreciated.

    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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