STORY: Mercedes-Benz plans to build its own EV charging network in North America
The carmaker will commence construction in 2023
targeting 2,500 charging points at 400 locations across the U.S. and Canada by 2027
[Chi-Lan Lieu, Mercedes-Benz CES host]
"All right. So let me play devil's advocate a little bit. What happens when these charging stations and the charging hubs are occupied?"
[Markus Schäfer, Chief Technology Officer, Mercedes-Benz]
"Well, that's another real-life problem that people experience today. So you're arriving at the charging station and what the charging stations occupied. So what's the solution for Mercedes-Benz? You can make a reservation as a Mercedes customer just put in your destination in the system and your system recalculates your charging stops. And you can make a reservation at this charging stop. So if the system knows you're arriving in San Francisco at 4 o'clock, just make a reservation for your charging spot. And even if you are delayed due to traffic, the schedule is adjusted. So that's really, really a benefit for Mercedes-Benz customers being able to make a reservation at our network."
Mercedes-Benz is poised to invest billions of dollars
to build 10,000 charging points in North America, Europe and China by 2030