Mercedes Joins Rush to Tesla Supercharger Network


Two Mercedes electric vehicles charge at a charging stationMercedes-Benz is the most recent in a string of automakers to announce plans to undertake the Tesla charging port for its electrical vehicles.

In an announcement, the corporate says Mercedes prospects will have the ability to “use Tesla Superchargers in North America beginning in 2024.” Mercedes homeowners will have the ability to use Tesla chargers with the assistance of an adapter.

The corporate will then turn out to be the primary German automaker so as to add the Tesla North American Charging Customary (NACS) port to its electrical automobiles (EVs) in 2025.

Business Converging on One Charger

Till lately, automakers constructed totally different charging ports into their EVs. Tesla had its personal proprietary plug, the NACS, utilized by no different automaker. Each different EV builder in North America used a bigger port referred to as the Mixed Charging System (CCS) plug or an older, much less well-liked one referred to as CHAdeMO.

The plugs weren’t interoperable.

This left EV drivers trying to find not simply any public charger however the public charger that matched their automotive. Tesla drivers had a a lot simpler time, as the corporate operated the most important and most dependable charging community serving simply its personal merchandise.

That has modified quickly in current weeks. Ford was the primary automaker to change to the Tesla plug in late Could. Since then, GM, Rivian, and Volvo have adopted go well with. Different automakers are reportedly in discussions with Tesla about gaining access to its community.

Mercedes Nonetheless Constructing Its Personal Community

Mercedes’ transfer was most likely inevitable as soon as a bunch of rivals switched. However it’s a bit stunning, as the corporate had introduced plans to construct its personal walled-garden charging community like Tesla’s earlier this 12 months.

The transfer might not shut off these plans. Mercedes board Chairman Ola Källenius says, “we’re dedicated to constructing our international Mercedes-Benz Excessive-Energy Charging Community, with the primary websites opening this 12 months.” That transfer, he says, will come “in parallel” to the swap to the NACS plug.

All Eyes on Federal Authorities Now   

Now that the automotive trade appears to be reaching a consensus, observers’ consideration is shifting to federal coverage.

A brand new legislation handed final summer time made billions of federal {dollars} out there to construct new chargers. However Federal Freeway Administration guidelines implementing the legislation required the CCS connector on chargers constructed with taxpayer funds. As producers transfer away from CCS, that won’t make sense.

A Federal Freeway Administration spokesperson advised Reuters final month, “Our technical consultants are having lively conversations with automakers, charger producers, and standards-setting our bodies to make sure federal funding continues to help a dependable, handy, and user-friendly charging expertise for all drivers.”


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