Mercedes-Benz Adopts Tesla’s NACS to Amplify EV Charging Network

August 14th, 2023 by


Mercedes-Benz New Charging Plans

In a significant advancement aligning with the electric mobility revolution, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled plans to integrate Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) plugs into its electric vehicle lineup by 2025. This development reinforces the momentum of NACS and underscores its prominence in the EV charging landscape, as reported by Business Wire.

For the time being, Mercedes-Benz will introduce an adapter that enables its existing Combined Charging System (CCS) to seamlessly interface with NACS plugs. This is scheduled to be available from 2024 onwards. The strategic move will allow Mercedes drivers the convenience of accessing over 12,000 Tesla Superchargers across North America.

Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management at Mercedes-Benz Group AG, expressed the company’s commitment to enhancing the electric vehicle experience. He emphasized, “Our strategic priority is clear: Building the world’s most desirable cars. To accelerate the shift to electric vehicles, we are dedicated to elevating the entire EV-experience for our customers — including fast, convenient, and reliable charging solutions wherever their Mercedes-Benz takes them.”

Källenius elaborated on this commitment, stating, “That’s why we are committed to building our global Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging Network, with the first sites opening this year. In parallel, we are also implementing NACS in our vehicles, allowing drivers to access an expansive network of high-quality charging offerings in North America.”

Mercedes-Benz’s initiative to embrace NACS does not signify a retreat from its plans to establish a proprietary global charging network. Rather, it reflects a strategic alignment with Tesla’s NACS as a predominant charging solution.

The forthcoming Mercedes-Benz Charging Network is set to encompass over 2,500 high-powered chargers across North America. Importantly, these chargers will be accessible to both Mercedes-Benz drivers and users of other electric vehicles, promoting broader EV adoption, as highlighted by Business Wire.

The company’s adoption of NACS signals a pivotal moment, making it the first German car manufacturer to integrate NACS ports. This development echoes a shift towards NACS in the ongoing NACS-CCS charging standard competition.

However, it’s pertinent to note that despite NACS’s progress, CCS charging infrastructure holds a larger footprint in the United States, with an even more pronounced presence in Europe. Additionally, China’s distinct charging standard further emphasizes the evolving landscape.

While this announcement from Mercedes-Benz marks a positive stride for Tesla and NACS, the journey toward global charging standard dominance remains ongoing.

Mercedes-Benz Benz Top EVs

Remaining on the subject of electric cars, the luxury automaker has quite a few advanced models in store. Those that may benefit from any and all EV advancements include the EQA, EQB, EQC, EQE, and EQS (plus its SUV and Mayback versions).

As with the gas-powered flagship S-Class sedan, the EQS model is undoubtedly the EV the company prefers to push due to it having the most up-to-date technologies and features. Highlights in this vehicle worth looking forward to include the Hyperscreen, 4-wheel steering, navigation with augmented reality, and an EPA-estimated 350 miles of range.

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