Mercedes-Benz to Adopt Tesla Charging StandardJuly 11, 2023
Mercedes-Benz announced plans to integrate the North American Charging Standard (NACS) port into their electric vehicle lineup, starting in 2025.
This adoption will give Mercedes-Benz EV customers access to more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers found across North America. Official access will open up in 2024, and customers with vehicles equipped with the current Combined Charging System (CCS) port will be able to hook up with an official adapter.
At this point, these headlines are becoming less and less surprising. And if you’ve been keeping up with our coverage, those facts– over 12,000 Superchargers, NACS integration by 2025 and official adapters releasing in 2024– should sound familiar. Mercedes-Benz may be the first German EV manufacturer to do so, but they’re just the next in a line of brands making the switch to NACS, following recent announcements made by Ford, GM, Volvo and Rivian. We suspect more will follow.
While adopting the NACS port and Supercharger network, Mercedes-Benz has also reaffirmed their own commitment to expanding EV infrastructure. The brand intends on building its own High-Power Charging Network, consisting of over 2,500 high-power chargers spread across 400 hub locations in North America. The first of these locations, featuring stations with both CCS1 and NACS plugs, will open by the end of 2023. Globally, Mercedes-Benz is looking to establish more than 2,000 hubs in various markets.