Mercedes-Benz plans to make Tesla Superchargers accessible to its customers in North America starting in 2024. This move makes Mercedes-Benz the first German car manufacturer to adopt NACS technology in its electric cars, which will be available from 2025. In order to bridge the gap until then, Mercedes will provide an adapter that allows its electric cars with a CCS connection to be charged at fast charging points with NACS technology.
Simultaneously, Mercedes is also working on establishing a separate North American charging network. By the end of the decade, this network aims to have approximately 400 charging stations and over 2500 charging points. The first Mercedes-Benz charging stations with both CCS1 and NACS plugs are set to open in North America by the end of 2023. Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz plans to set up more than 10,000 of its own charging points across 2000 stations worldwide.
The decision to adopt NACS technology stems from its growing significance within the electric car industry. As more electric car manufacturers, including Rivian, Ford, General Motors, Polestar, and Volkswagen, have recently announced their plans to integrate NACS capabilities into their products, Mercedes-Benz recognizes the importance of ensuring compatibility to avoid frustrating its customers. Hyundai is also expected to follow suit in the near future.