ChargePoint, Mercedes-Benz, and MN8 Energy will develop over 400 charging hubs across the U.S. and Canada in a newly announced partnership.

Enabled by ChargePoint’s network of EV chargers, the Mercedes-Benz charging hubs will be located in key cities and urban population centers, along major highway corridors, and close to convenient retail and service destinations.

From 2023, the companies will build more than 400 charging hubs across North America that will offer a combined 2,500 ChargePoint DC fast-charging ports for the region’s EV drivers. MN8 and Mercedes-Benz will jointly finance and operate the charging hubs, while ChargePoint will lend its charging hardware and software solutions to the project.

Here, the network operator will equip the Mercedes-Benz hubs with Express Plus, its DC fast-charging platform intended for businesses looking to scale charging operations in the long term. The system can deliver up to 500 kW per port, depending on the configuration, and is designed to scale quickly as EV adoption grows, and as their capabilities evolve.

While targeted at all EV drivers, Mercedes-Benz’s charging hubs will offer further benefits to its own customers. Focusing on streamlining the user experience of its hubs, Mercedes-Benz drivers will gain access to preferential access via reservation as well as automatic authentication systems such as Plug&Charge. Likewise, while authentication through a card, app or the head unit will be possible, it’s not required for Mercedes-Benz customers using the Mercedes me Charge service.