Automaker Mercedes-Benz, in collaboration with energy partner MN8 Energy, has inaugurated its inaugural High-Power Charging (HPC) facility in the United States. Situated at the Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters in Sandy Springs, Georgia, the charging hub is a strategic step in the expansion of the brand's electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. The hardware for the facility is provided by ChargePoint.
This marks another milestone following the recent unveiling of a Mercedes “Charging Hub” in China. However, in contrast to the Chinese hub, the Sandy Springs location boasts ten dedicated charging points with a capacity of up to 400 kW. The site features a solar-paneled rooftop and distinctive LED lighting, providing both functionality and aesthetic appeal. The charging stations utilize a new model from ChargePoint, with the overarching infrastructure showcasing the “Express Plus Power Link 2000” product, enabling charging speeds of up to 500 kW.
Notably, the Mercedes-Benz charging hub is accessible to all electric vehicle brands, aligning with the company's commitment to supporting broader EV adoption. While the charging park offers open access to all, certain features, such as reserving a charging point, are exclusively available to Mercedes customers. The site also features amenities, including a lounge area with sofas, deckchairs, vending machines, and restroom facilities. It remains unclear whether these amenities are exclusive to Mercedes customers or open to the general public.
The Sandy Springs location serves as a benchmark for upcoming facilities set to open later this year in Texas, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. Some of these locations will be established in partnership with Buc-ee's, and the first charging hub at a Simon Property Group shopping center is expected to open in the first half of 2024. Mercedes-Benz, in collaboration with MN8 Energy, plans to invest one billion dollars in the development of its North American charging network by 2030.
Franz Reiner, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG, highlighted the strategic focus on enhancing the North American EV charging map and setting new standards for quality and customer experience. Jon Yoder, President and CEO of MN8 Energy, expressed satisfaction with the rapid realization of the vision, emphasizing the joint commitment to advancing the decarbonized future.