Mercedes-Benz has solidified its commitment to expanding high-power charging (HPC) infrastructure in North America through a new partnership with Buc-ee's, aiming to establish charging hubs at most of the travel centers across the United States. The collaboration anticipates the setup of approximately 30 locations by the end of 2024, with the first HPC charging points expected to be operational by the close of this year.
Andrew Cornelia, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz HPC North America, emphasized the swift progress made in paving the way for several charging hubs at Buc-ee's travel centers. Buc-ee's strategic positioning along major travel routes, coupled with their commitment to clean and accessible amenities, aligns seamlessly with Mercedes' vision. The collaboration aims not only to provide exceptional value but also to redefine the electric vehicle (EV) charging experience for drivers nationwide.
This partnership follows Mercedes-Benz's recent collaboration with Simon Property Group, the largest shopping mall operator in the US. The agreement entails the installation of Mercedes-Benz-branded HPC stations at 55 Simon properties, showcasing the automaker's commitment to expanding its charging network.
Mercedes-Benz has been actively advancing its global charging infrastructure, having recently commissioned its first ‘Charging Hub' in Chengdu, China. The initial hubs in the US and Europe are scheduled for completion in November, with specific locations in Atlanta and Mannheim, Germany.
As part of its ambitious vision, Mercedes-Benz aims to establish over 2,000 charging hubs worldwide, featuring a total of 10,000 charging points by the end of this decade. The collaboration with Buc-ee's reflects the carmaker's strategic efforts to enhance the accessibility and convenience of EV charging, marking another milestone in its global electrification initiatives.