Mercedes-Benz’s First Charging Hub Is Formally Open, And Your Native Buc-ee’s May Be Subsequent

Mercedes-Benz charging hub in Sandy Springs, Georgia

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Mercedes-Benz has huge plans to construct out a world charging community with 10,000 chargers by the tip of the last decade. In North America, Mercedes says to anticipate at the least 400 charging hubs with 2,500 chargers. By the tip of the 12 months, Mercedes plans to open a number of charging hubs throughout Texas, Florida, Alabama and Georgia. For now, although, there’s just one, and it’s simply north of Atlanta in Sandy Springs, Georgia. As of Wednesday, it’s formally on-line.

Not like most different charging networks, Mercedes insists its charging community will truly be an excellent expertise. With 400-kW chargers, you’ll have the ability to replenish as quick as your automotive will permit, they usually’ll be situated in locations with loos, meals and drinks so that you don’t have to remain in your automotive whereas it’s charging. Maybe most significantly, Mercedes guarantees that its chargers will truly work. Precisely how dependable they’ll be nonetheless stays to be seen, however we recognize that they’re at the least speaking about it.

It’s additionally necessary to notice that these chargers gained’t solely be for Mercedes house owners. They’ll get a number of benefits, equivalent to the chance to make use of the navigation system to order a charging spot, however anybody with an electrical car will have the ability to use them.

Mercedes has partnered with Simon Malls so that you’ll have the ability to cost whereas buying, however what’s rather more fascinating to us is that Mercedes has additionally partnered with Jalopnik’s favourite fuel station — Buc-ee’s. So if you must cease for a cost in your Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV, you’ll additionally have the ability to choose up some Sea Salted Caramel Beaver Nuggets, a chopped brisket sandwich, some banana pudding, a beaver onesie and as many novelty indicators as your coronary heart wishes.

Buc-ee’s was already the very best (sorry Sheetz), however when you have an EV, it’s about to get an entire lot higher. At the very least assuming the chargers find yourself being as dependable as Mercedes guarantees they are going to be.