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First Mercedes-Benz 400-kw EV fast-charging station opens

Mercedes-Benz on Wednesday unveiled the primary of a deliberate community of U.S. EV fast-charging stations slated to roll out via the tip of the last decade.

Situated at Mercedes’ headquarters in Sandy Springs, Georgia, close to Atlanta, the primary location units the template for others to come back with 400-kw DC quick chargers supplied by ChargePoint. Mercedes in a press launch stated the community will supply 400-kw chargers “completely,” offering greater common charging speeds than different networks that proceed to make use of some chargers with decrease energy charges.

Mercedes additionally guarantees extra facilities than the common charging website. The Georgia location consists of restrooms, merchandising machines, and a 15-foot pylon seen from the road that signifies whether or not charging stalls are occupied. All amenities are handicap accessible, Mercedes claims, and the positioning consists of one drive-through stall designed for electrical vans or EVs with trailers as much as 26 ft in size.

Mercedes-Benz EV Charging Hub in Sandy Springs, Georgia

Mercedes-Benz EV Charging Hub in Sandy Springs, Georgia

The location has a photo voltaic cover as nicely, offering some shade for EV drivers whereas they wait for his or her automobiles to cost. Your entire website additionally makes use of renewable vitality and is carbon impartial, Mercedes claims.

The primary website has opened on schedule. After asserting the charging community at CES in January, Mercedes in August stated the primary charging stations would open this fall. The automaker is constructing out networks in China and Europe along with the U.S.

With the primary website open, Mercedes plans so as to add extra at Buc-ee’s journey facilities in Texas, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia earlier than the tip of the yr, and at Simon Mall places within the first half of 2024. Mercedes goals to have 2,500 chargers at 400 websites on the finish of the last decade, and is partnering with MN8 Vitality on a $1 billion three way partnership to make that occur.

Mercedes-Benz EV Charging Hub in Sandy Springs, Georgia

Mercedes-Benz EV Charging Hub in Sandy Springs, Georgia

Stations shall be open to EVs from all manufacturers, however Mercedes homeowners will get some free charging. Homeowners of 2024-model-year autos will get two years of complimentary charging; homeowners of EVs from earlier mannequin years get six months of free charging.

The community will assist each the Mixed Charging Normal (CCS) and Tesla’s North American Charging Normal (NACS). Mercedes in July confirmed that it’ll undertake Tesla charging for future EVs.

Regardless of establishing its personal charging community, Mercedes will proceed to assist the Ionity community in Europe, plus a new North American charging community additionally backed by six different automakers.

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