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Mercedes-Benz has announced ambitious plans to launch a global high-power charging network of up to 10,000 charges by the end of the decade. 

The rollout of the charging network will start this year in North America with more than 400 hubs planned across the continent, resulting in over 2,500 high-power chargers by 2027. 

To deliver the plans, Mercedes are collaborating with ChargePoint, a leading North American charging network, as well as MN8 Energy, which will provide roof-mounted solar panels to power lighting and other facilities for each charging station. 

Alongside ongoing support for shared networks such as IONITY, Mercedes aims to have its own network in place before the end of the decade, in a bid to “greatly enhance customers’ charging experience {and} accelerate the journey towards the all-electric future”. 

Its charging hubs will be located at regular intervals along motorways, as well as across key city and urban population centres. Each hub will provide charging speeds of up to 350kW from four to 30 charge points. Each charging station will also come equipped with surveillance cameras, food outlets and toilets. 

Though the network will be open to drivers of electric cars from other brands, Mercedes-Benz customers will enjoy preferential access via a reservation function and other benefits. 

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Harry Leahey 20/01/23