Mercedes has also joined the Tesla Supercharger network

Mercedes-Benz has announced its adoption of Tesla’s charging technology, specifically the North American Charging Standard (NACS), for its new electric vehicles (EVs) in North America starting in 2025. To facilitate this transition, Mercedes-Benz will provide drivers with access to the Tesla Supercharger network through a CCS-to-NACS adapter, expected to arrive in 2024.

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However, Mercedes-Benz’s decision to adopt NACS does not impact its own plans to establish a high-speed charging network. The company intends to build over 400 “Charging Hubs” across North America by 2030, equipped with a total of 2,500 chargers. These Charging Hubs will support both CCS and NACS connectors, ensuring compatibility with non-Mercedes EVs.

According to Mercedes board chairman Ola Källenius, the goal of this expansion is to offer fast, convenient, and reliable charging options, thereby enhancing the overall EV experience. By providing access to the extensive Supercharger network, which boasts over 12,000 Superchargers, Mercedes aims to alleviate range anxiety and reduce charging times, potentially attracting more customers to its EV models like the EQB and EQS.

Mercedes-Benz becomes the first German automaker to embrace NACS, following in the footsteps of Volvo and Polestar among European manufacturers. Although Volkswagen is considering a similar move, it has not yet committed to adopting NACS, aside from incorporating it into Electrify America chargers. In the United States, companies like Ford, GM, and Rivian have already pledged their support for Tesla’s charging technology. The mobility association SAE is also working on a standardized version of the plug to facilitate wider adoption of the format by other vendors.

It is important to note that Mercedes-Benz’s adoption of NACS is specific to the North American market and aligns with its focus on the upscale segment. This decision increases the pressure on competitors like Volkswagen that still utilize the CCS standard in North America. By potentially limiting long-distance driving convenience, these manufacturers risk impeding EV sales in a market where Tesla’s technology has gained significant support from prominent automakers like Ford and GM.