Mercedes-Benz opened its first European Charging Hub in Mannheim, Germany, after opening one in the US and two in China earlier this year. The hub offers 300 kW charging for up to six vehicles and is near a Mercedes dealership. Over 200 Mercedes-branded charging points are coming in Europe by the end of 2024.
Earlier this year, Mercedes started the rollout of its Charging Hubs to offer a more convenient fast-charging solution for its customers. It is a seemingly strange decision, given its involvement with the Ionity program, but offering its own solution makes it possible to improve the experience, in this case, by placing them near amenities or dealerships. Audi and Porsche also provide their own charging hubs, including a lounge-style waiting area, which Mercedes doesn’t offer.
Better for Mercedes customers
The Mercedes Charging Hub in Mannheim is located next to a dealership in the Gottlieb-Daimler-Straße. It offers six 300 kW charging points, with one port per charger and intelligent charging management to offer the maximum charging speed for each vehicle. Larger vehicles like the eSprinter van also have enough space to charge.
Mercedes Me Charging service customers also get a few advantages, such as complimentary charging during the initial months, a reservation function (coming soon), and more convenient authentication through the MBUX infotainment system or Plug & Charge.
German infrastructure company E.ON has been chosen as the European partner for constructing these Charging Hubs, with over 200 charging points (not hubs) coming to Europe by the end of 2024, with further locations in Germany, Italy, Spain, and France being serviced first.