Mercedes-Benz has opened its inaugural EV fast-charging hub in Atlanta, marking the first of 400 stations to be rolled out across the United States. The launch is part of the automaker’s $1 billion investment to expand its charging infrastructure. The state-of-the-art facility features a sleek waiting area and delivers charging speeds of up to 400kW through ChargePoint technology. With eight stalls equipped with two charging plugs each, the hub is designed to accommodate multiple vehicles simultaneously.
Although the charging hub is located at Mercedes-Benz’s US-based headquarters, it is open to all electric vehicle owners, including those who do not own a Mercedes. The company aims to install a total of 2,000 hubs worldwide over the next few years. To fulfill this ambitious plan, Mercedes is partnering with MN8 Energy, a solar power and energy storage company affiliated with Goldman Sachs Asset Management, which will cover 50 percent of the project’s costs.
The charging hub in Atlanta resembles the initial renderings, featuring a canopy with solar-powered lights for protection against the elements. Additionally, the hub includes charging stalls for wheelchair-accessible and taller commercial vehicles. The facility boasts a well-lit and comfortable lounge area, offering a wide range of refreshments from vending machines.
ChargePoint, the technology provider for the hub, touts impressive capabilities such as the ability to charge two EVs from a single stall at very high speeds. While each plug supports 400kW charging, the hubs are rated for speeds of up to 500kW, surpassing the current capabilities of EVs on the market. Mercedes EV owners have the option to reserve specific charging stations, with reservations accessible through their vehicle’s infotainment system. Moreover, the hub incorporates the “Plug and Charge” feature, enabling a seamless and convenient charging experience.
Legacy automakers, following Tesla’s lead, are increasingly recognizing the need to invest in charging infrastructure to accelerate electric vehicle adoption. Volvo, GM, and a joint venture comprising BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis have all embarked on programs to expand public charging networks.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can non-Mercedes EV owners use the charging stations at Mercedes’ hub?
Yes, the charging stations at Mercedes’ hub are open to all electric vehicle owners, regardless of the brand.
2. Will Mercedes’ charging hubs be available worldwide?
Yes, Mercedes plans to install 400 charging hubs in the United States and a total of 2,000 hubs globally.
3. What is the maximum charging speed offered by Mercedes’ charging hubs?
Mercedes’ charging hubs can deliver charging speeds of up to 400kW, although they are designed to support speeds of up to 500kW, surpassing the capabilities of current electric vehicles.
4. How can Mercedes EV owners reserve specific charging stations?
Mercedes EV owners can reserve specific charging stations through their vehicle’s infotainment system, thanks to the integrated reservation feature.