Mercedes plans 10,000 EV chargers worldwide by 2030, but not in Australia

German carmaker Mercedes-Benz has promised to roll out 10,000 electric vehicle chargers by 2030, however Australian plans have yet to be announced.

It’s a fraction of Tesla’s network of 40,000 chargers, but it’s still a significant investment from the German auto giant.

Mercedes-Benz says it will allow all electric vehicle owners to use its charging stations, without restricting access to Mercedes-Benz cars.

However, for now there are no plans to bring the Mercedes-Benz charging network to Australia.

Construction of the first stations will begin later this year in the US and Canada as Mercedes-Benz establishes a charging network in North America, Europe, China and what it calls “other key markets”.

Tesla currently has the world’s largest charging network for a car manufacturer, with more than 40,000 Supercharger sites around the world, including 44 in Australia.

But Australia is not listed in Mercedes-Benz’s plan, and so far there is no indication when, or if, it will be included.

“We have nothing new to announce. This is a global announcement,” said Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesman Jerry Stamoulis. Handle.

“But it is still very early. We are always looking for the best way to serve our customers (electric vehicles).”

The initial cost of the program is estimated at €1 billion over the next six to seven years for the North American grid, with the bill to be split 50/50 between Mercedes-Benz and partner MN8 Energy, described as a “leading in renewable energy”. owner-operator of energy storage and batteries in the US.”

Mercedes-Benz’s planned network will focus on green energy and Benz owners will gain preferential access by pre-reserving chargers.

It will include an unconfirmed number of Mercedes-Benz dealerships, but has a broader focus to include charging sites in “key cities and urban population centers, close to major thoroughfares, convenient retail and service destinations,” it said. the company.

The initial phase of the plan is focused on the US, with a network of more than 400 centers in North America with more than 2,500 high-power chargers to be established by 2027.

Depending on region and location, Mercedes-Benz promises up to a dozen high-power electric car chargers — “ultimately up to 30” — with up to 350 kW of charging power at each of its hubs.

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