Mercedes-Benz, in collaboration with ChargePoint, has recently launched its inaugural electric vehicle (EV) charging hub in Sandy Springs, Georgia. The charging hub, located next to Mercedes’ US headquarters, features renewable energy utilization through a solar canopy, as well as intelligent indicators to show the availability of charging piles. Additionally, the hub includes a comfortable driver lounge equipped with amenities such as vending machines, restrooms, and relaxation areas.
ChargePoint, the key partner in this initiative, has provided initial piles capable of delivering charging rates of up to 40 kW. These piles support various EV brands, as long as they utilize CCS1 and NACS connectors. Depending on the vehicle’s platform architecture, certain EVs can recharge from 10% to 80% in less than 20 minutes, thanks to ChargePoint’s technology.
Franz Reiner, Chairman of the Board of Management at Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG, highlighted the global expansion of the Mercedes-Benz Charging Network to facilitate clean and electric mobility options for customers of all EV brands. The company aims to enhance the North American EV charging infrastructure, setting new standards in terms of quality and customer experience, ultimately facilitating greater EV adoption.
While the charging hub welcomes all EVs, Mercedes EV owners enjoy special benefits, including automatic charger reservations via the EQ vehicle’s native navigation system. Furthermore, the Mercedes me Charge app enables the convenient ‘Plug & Charge’ feature, allowing drivers to simply plug in their vehicles without the need for a card. In addition, Mercedes-Benz is offering EQ owners six months of complimentary charging, while drivers of 2024 EQ EV models will receive two years of unlimited free charging.
This initial charging hub in Georgia marks the beginning of Mercedes-Benz’s $1 billion investment plan, aiming to develop and operate more than 400 additional charging locations by the end of the decade. The expansion will include the installation of charging hubs at Buc-ee’s travel centers in Texas, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, followed by further collaborations with convenience stores and Simon malls.
If you happen to be in Sandy Springs, pay a visit to Mercedes-Benz HQ, charge your EV, and share your experience! We’re eager to hear about it!
Q: What is a charging hub?
A: A charging hub is a designated location where electric vehicles can be charged, usually equipped with multiple charging stations.
Q: What is CCS1 and NACS connector?
A: CCS1 (Combined Charging System) is a type of connector for electric vehicles, providing both AC and DC charging capabilities. NACS (North American Charging Standard) is another type of charging connector compatible with certain electric vehicle models.