Mercedes-Benz Becomes The First German Car-Maker To Adopts Tesla’s NACS

Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will adopt Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) for its electric vehicles (EVs) in North America. The adoption will start in 2025.

This makes Mercedes-Benz the first German automaker to adopt the NACS connector, joining the likes of Ford, GM, and Volvo, who have already made similar announcements.

The adoption of the NACS connector by Mercedes-Benz is a significant step in the EV industry. It allows Mercedes-Benz drivers to gain access to more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers across North America beginning in 2025. This move is expected to enhance the charging experience for Mercedes-Benz EV drivers, offering them more options and convenience. It’s also likely to bolster the sale of electric vehicles from those who were previously on the fence about ditching combustion engines.

In addition to adopting the NACS connector, Mercedes-Benz also plans to expand its own charging network. The company aims to establish a new Mercedes-Benz Charging Network with more than 2,500 high-power chargers in North America. This network is expected to provide a best-in-class charging experience for both Mercedes-Benz and non-Mercedes-Benz drivers.

The first Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging sites are set to open in Q4 2023. The company will initially offer an adapter that enables the company’s existing CCS BEVs to charge seamlessly on the NACS network from 2024 onwards. New EVs from Mercedes will have the connector on the vehicles starting in 2025.

Mercedes-Benz’s charging network expansion will also include the establishment of more than 400 Charging Hubs, equipped with both CCS1 and NACS plugs. These hubs are expected to be operational by the end of the decade, in collaboration with its American partners.

While Mercedes-Benz’s efforts to expand its charging infrastructure are commendable, it’s worth noting that Tesla already has over 2,000 Supercharger locations in North America and continues to grow. Nevertheless, the adoption of the NACS connector by Mercedes-Benz and the expansion of its own charging network are significant steps towards enhancing the EV charging infrastructure and promoting the adoption of EVs.

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