This year, Mercedes-Benz will get the ball rolling on the construction of its very own global charging network. It is anticipated that more than 10,000 chargers will be operational before 2030, with a primary concentration on North America, Europe, and China. The purpose is to make recharging more pleasurable, particularly for people who drive Mercedes-Benz automobiles, by providing, among other things, a more comfortable setting that is in close proximity to both food and restrooms.
The ambition of Mercedes-Benz is to provide only electric cars in those markets where it is feasible to do so before the end of the decade. Many people interested in purchasing cars will need to be persuaded to switch. One strategy for doing so is for automakers to assume control of the charging process and transform it into an activity analogous to driving the vehicle itself. As a result, Mercedes-Benz has now said unequivocally that the company will establish its network of Mercedes-Benz charging stations. Already this year, they will begin in the United States of America and Canada. By 2030, the goal is to have 10,000 chargers operational across North America, Europe, and China.
Not only should the chargers be quick (up to 350 kW), but they should also be positioned next to public restrooms and dining establishments to give a premium experience for customers. They will also have intelligent steering to ensure that each vehicle is charged to its full potential.
Each charging station will feature between four and thirty chargers, and the navigation system in the Mercedes-Benz will allow the motorist to make a reservation for a spot at the station at the appropriate time. Through Mercedes Me Charge and Plug & Charge, these are also able to charge fully without having to go through any payment process. Plug & Charge ensures that all information is exchanged between the vehicle and the charger completely hands-freely.
The network development in the United States is being carried out in collaboration with the solar energy and battery storage company MN8 Energy and the charging infrastructure provider ChargePoint. In all, during the subsequent four years, an average of two charging stations per week will be opened, and by the year 2027, there will be a total of 400 charging stations with a total of over 2,500 chargers in operation. All of this came up to around $1 billion.
Ola Kallenius, the CEO of Mercedes-Benz, has stated: "We already produce what we consider to be the best electric cars on the market, but for us to accelerate the conversion, we need to make sure that charging is an experience that is on par with driving the car itself. We cannot sit around and wait in the vain notion that this will take care of itself; as a result, we are currently constructing our very own global charging network."
The charging stations will provide charging with environmentally friendly electricity, and in the cases where they have roofs, those roofs will be fitted with solar paneling.
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