Mercedes-Benz Canada today announced the next phase of its electric offensive – a comprehensive EV charging strategy that will ensure Mercedes-EQ drivers can enjoy a clean, digitally-integrated, fast and convenient charging experience, both at-home and across Canada.
Together with its charging partners, Mercedes-Benz Canada is committed to raising the bar on EV charging with Mercedes me Charge, the official industry-leading charging ecosystem enabled by ChargePoint. This charging ecosystem will benefit drivers of the new all-electric EQS and other future electric mobility products.
“Mercedes-Benz Canada is pairing the exciting upcoming Mercedes-EQ product lineup with the very best electric ecosystem, so Mercedes-EQ drivers can experience peace of mind and convenience on their electric driving journey,” said Eva Wiese, president and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Canada. “Through partnerships with established charging experts, Mercedes me Charge offers drivers widespread charging coverage from coast-to-coast, along with seamless navigation and green charging options. Whether at-home or on Canadian roads, Mercedes-EQ drivers will experience modern electric luxury every step of the way.”
At launch, Mercedes-EQ drivers will have access to more than 4,900 public charging ports across Canada, making up more than half of the country’s networked public charging ports. Through a strategic partnership with ChargePoint, drivers will have access to places to charge with ChargePoint, FLO and other charging providers in Canada.
In an industry first, the Mercedes me Charge ecosystem can also provide drivers access to an additional network of more than 2,400 semi-public ports on the ChargePoint network that reside in access-controlled environments like workplaces, shopping malls and hotels. This will ensure that Mercedes-EQ drivers have easy access to charging stations for daily commutes as well as for longer road trips. This combination of public and semi-public access spread across multiple partners will give Mercedes-EQ drivers seamless access to the Mercedes me Charge network throughout Canada, making cross-country trips easy and worry-free. Additional network partners will join the service after launch, ensuring coverage will continue to grow as Mercedes-EQ expands its electric portfolio. This charging infrastructure will also serve future Mercedes-Benz PHEV drivers.
By the end of 2021, Mercedes me Charge customers will benefit from Plug & Charge functionality, allowing for a seamless, convenient charging process. Simply open the flap, plug in and the current immediately starts flowing without any further customer interactions. Plug & Charge will be a significant enhancement to the EQS charging feature-set, which also allows drivers to enable charging via MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) on the vehicle’s media display, through the Mercedes me App or by using the Mercedes me Charge card.
“Canada is a significant and highly anticipated market for Mercedes-Benz when it comes to the new Mercedes-EQ sub-brand,” said Nico Dettmer, global head of business development charging and partnerships, Mercedes-Benz. “That is why our Canadian charging strategy is so comprehensive. Mercedes-EQ drivers in Canada can look forward to a sizable and rapidly expanding public and semi-public charging station infrastructure that will allow them to travel easily across Canada. With the many cutting-edge innovations within Mercedes me Charge, customers will also be able to enjoy an experience that is convenient and sustainable.”