Mercedes-Benz has opened its latest proprietary charging hub on a transport corridor in Mannheim, Germany. Marking its fourth station opened to date, and its first in Europe, it is one of more than 2,000 the OEM plans to establish before 2030 – representing over 10,000 fast-charging points in total.

In Mannheim, drivers will be able to charge their electric cars and vans at the hub’s six charging points, that each offer an output of 300 kW. To ensure the EV receives the charger’s maximum energy capacity, each point has only one port. The intelligent charging management capabilities featured on these chargers works similarly, ensuring that each vehicle can be charged with the maximum energy available. Through these systems, Mercedes-Benz says that it is possible for certain EV models to charge from 10% to 80% in less than 20 minutes.

Mercedes-Benz’s Charging Hubs will be accessible to vehicles from any brands, with Mercedes-Benz gaining brand-exclusive benefits, such as a welcome introductory rate. This includes complimentary charging on the Mercedes me Charge charging service at all new Mercedes-Benz Charging Hubs during the initial months of ownership.

Following its stations in Atlanta, USA, and the Chinese cities of Chengdu and Foshan, the Mannheim site represents Mercedes-Benz’s fourth charging station. The OEM plans to expand the reach of its charging hubs in the future, with further locations in the U.S. and China expected to launch before the end of the year. In 2024, Mercedes-Benz will look to open new stations in Italy, Spain, France and Germany among other countries in the Europe region. By the end of that year, Mercedes-Benz is aiming to have expanded its global charging network to include more than 2,000 charging points – with more than 200 of those based in Europe. More broadly, by the end of the decade, it plans to have more than 2,000 charging hubs, with over 10,000 fast-charging points, operating worldwide.

To roll out its charging experience across Europe, Mercedes-Benz has formed a strategic partnership with E.ON. In the future, the energy company will support the OEM in the site search and planning, construction, operation and accompanying services of its charging hubs planned for Europe. E.ON will also provide smart solutions for the hubs, such as AI-based predictive maintenance as well as a range of customer-centric functions, from advance reservations to Plug & Charge. Further support will be provided in the fields of intelligent energy management and energy supply.

The Mercedes-Benz Charging Hubs are integrated into the Mercedes me Charge digital charging network for customers. In Mercedes-Benz EVs, the navigation system displays the exact position of the hub and the latest information on charger availability. This information is used by navigation with Electric Intelligence to calculate convenient, time-efficient, routes that include charging stops. Another exclusive benefit of the Charging Hubs for Mercedes-Benz customers will be a reservation function, which will, in the future, book charging points in advance.

At the charging station itself, authentication is carried out through either the in-vehicle display, the Mercedes me app, the Mercedes me Charge charging card or, in the future, directly using the Plug & Charge standard. The rest of the process is controlled automatically through the Mercedes me Charge system.

Customers benefit further from the stored charging contract, which enables every charging session to be automatically debited – even in other European countries. Customers can use the Mercedes me Charge tariff system, which offers three smart charging tariffs (S, M, and L) that meet different customer needs. This flexibility allows customers to adapt their tariff to their individual charging behavior while optimizing costs.