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Mercedes wants to offer its customers a particularly good charging experience and will be building fast-charging hubs under their own logo in the future.
But initially only in North America.
The expansion of the charging infrastructure is particularly important for the success of electromobility.
However, progress is slow here.
Too slowly, it seems, because more and more manufacturers are following Tesla's example and setting up their own charging networks.
For example, Audi with its Charing Hub, Volkswagen with ElectrifyAmerica and now Mercedes also wants to set up a global network of ultra-fast charging stations.
However, the first charging stations are not to be set up in Germany, but in North America, as Mercedes explained at the CES electronics trade fair in Las Vegas (January 5th to 8th).
More than 400 charging parks with over 2,500 fast charging stations are planned by 2027.
Europe, China and other core markets will follow.
In Europe, Mercedes also has a stake in the charging station operator Ionity.
Mercedes wants to set up its own charging parks in North America.
Europe and China are to follow.
Mercedes is planning its own charging network: start in North America with over 400 locations
With its own network, Mercedes wants to improve the charging experience of its customers.
The charging stations can be reserved in advance and authentication on site is no longer necessary thanks to the Plug & Charge function.
Similar to Tesla, Mercedes also wants to open its charging parks for electric cars from other manufacturers.
Electric cars: The ten most popular models in Germany
10th place: BMW i3.
On the market since 2013 and still quite popular: 12,178 BMW i3s were newly registered in 2021.
Nevertheless, the production of the city electric vehicle with a range of almost 300 kilometers will end this year after a total of 250,000 units without a successor.
Price: from 39,000 euros.
9th place: Fiat 500. The current model of the small car, also known as the Fiat 500e or Fiat 500 Elektro, is only offered as an electric car.
In 2021 he found 12,516 customers.
Depending on the size of the battery, the small but characterful city runabout from the Stellantis Group can cover a distance of 190 to over 300 kilometers.
Price: from 26,790 euros.
8th place: VW ID.4.
The crossover variant of the well-behaved ID.3 basic model with a larger interior and some off-road capability was registered 12,734 times last year.
VW is very optimistic about the range of the top version at 518 kilometers.
Price: From 46,515 euros.
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7th place: Škoda Enyaq iV.
The technical offshoot of the VW ID.3 and ID.4 on the MEB platform is slightly longer at 4.65 meters and thus fulfills the usual brand image as an alternative for the family.
The e-SUV with an official range of up to 500 kilometers convinced 13,026 buyers and lessees.
Price: from 46,515 euros.
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Hyundai Kona ElectroPlace 6: Hyundai Kona Electro.
In contrast to the new Ioniq 5, Hyundai has been offering the Kona with different drive versions, and the electric car that has been sold since 2018 has had 17,240 new registrations.
The engines deliver 136 or 204 hp, the maximum range is 484 kilometers.
Price: from 35,650 euros.
Smart EQ fortwo edition Bluedawnsmart EQ fortwo edition bluedawn: stylish and electrifying eye-catcher5th place: Smart EQ Fortwo.
As with the BMW i3, the end of the electric dwarf is sealed.
In the future, electric cars will come from China and as larger SUVs.
Despite its measly range of officially 153 kilometers, the original found 17,413 buyers.
Price: from 21,940 euros.
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Renault ZoeSquare 4: Renault Zoe.
The current version of the French city electric car failed the crash test (zero stars!), but with 24,736 new registrations it was quite popular in this country.
Thanks to a maximum range of up to 395 kilometers, it is also suitable for longer trips.
Price: from 33,140 euros.
VW ID.33rd place: VW ID.3.
The basic model of the VW Group's "modular electric drive kit" has long been considered the electric VW Golf, even if some Stromer fans would have liked a more exciting appearance.
The ID.3, with its official range of up to 553 kilometers, has already sold more than 100,000 vehicles across Europe, with 26,693 registrations in Germany.
Price: from 36,960 euros.
VW e-Up2nd place: VW e-Up.
Its great popularity leads to its greatest disadvantage: the small electric vehicle, which has been registered 30,797 times, is sold out again and again, which ultimately also led to a strong price increase.
A range of up to 260 kilometers is ok for this size.
Price: from 26,895 euros.
Tesla Model 3 1st place: Tesla Model 3. The entry-level model of the electric car pioneer clearly secured pole position with 35,262 new registrations and even made it to the top of the overall charts of all cars on a weekly basis. According to the factory, the range is up to 547 kilometers .
Price: from 52,965 euros.
Depending on the region and location, the plans envisage four to twelve fast charging stations - some charging parks could even have up to 30 charging points.
An output of up to 350 kW is planned.
Unlike some electric cars from the competition, the Stromer with the star cannot yet exploit them to the full.
Mercedes is planning its own charging network: gastronomy options are planned
For the system itself, Mercedes promises a generous amount of space and, if possible, a roof.
Gastronomy and sanitary facilities are also provided, as well as surveillance cameras, which are intended to ensure a high subjective sense of security.
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According to Mercedes, the charging parks are to be set up in important cities and metropolitan areas near main traffic arteries and easily accessible retail and service locations.
The car dealerships of the brand should also serve as locations.
(With material from SP-X)
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