ChargePoint Holdings, Mercedes-Benz and MN8 Energy, a U.S. solar, stationary power and renewable energy provider, have announced plans to rapidly expand the availability of DC fast charging with the development of over 400 charging hubs featuring more than 2,500 ports across the U.S. and Canada. Powered by the ChargePoint network, the Mercedes-Benz charging hubs will be in key cities and urban population centers, along major highway corridors and close to convenient retail and service destinations.
MN8 and Mercedes-Benz will jointly finance and operate the charging hubs, powered by ChargePoint’s charging hardware and software solutions.
Available to all EV drivers, the Mercedes-Benz charging hubs will offer Mercedes-Benz drivers additional benefits including preferential access via reservation, as well as the convenience of automatic authentication functionality like “Plug & Charge,” enabling seamless and secure communications between the vehicle and the charging infrastructure. While authentication via card, app or head unit will be possible, it’s not required for Mercedes-Benz customers using the Mercedes me Charge service.
The Mercedes-Benz hubs will primarily be powered by ChargePoint Express Plus, a DC fast charge platform built for businesses looking to scale their EV charging operations for the long term. The system can deliver up to 500kW per port, depending on the configuration, and is designed to scale to meet future demand.