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Mercedes-Benz switches to Tesla charging port for North America

Mercedes-Benz on Friday announced that it will adopt the Tesla charging port for electric vehicles in the future, and a charging network is already planned in North America.

Like other brands that have committed to date—Ford, GM, Rivian, Volvo and Polestar—Mercedes will deliver an adapter by 2024 to allow owners of existing electric vehicles to use the Tesla network. Supercharger, followed by in-car port incorporation starting in 2025.

Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle charging network

Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle charging network

Mercedes did not say if it plans to phase out the Combined Charging Standard (CCS) port used in its current electric vehicles and use only the Tesla port, also known as the North American Charging Standard. (NACS) in the future. But it confirmed plans to combine both ports into the expected North American charging network.

Mercedes EV . fast charging network announced for North America in January, and while it aims to have 2,500 fast-charging connectors and 400 locations in North America operational by 2027, it has revealed some other details. The first sites—which will feature both CCS and NACS portals—are scheduled to open later this year.

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Before that, Volkswagen was said to be shop its Electrify America network around potential investors, including Mercedes, in a large scale to scale. While that didn’t happen, VW achieved a additional investment from Siemens.

There used to be a deep connection between Mercedes and Tesla. Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, used to own about 10% of Tesla, and Elon Musk once said at a Wall Street Journal conference: “We were saved by Daimler.” Mercedes helped supply switches and other components for the Model S and Model X before that. Tesla also provided the powertrain for the Model S and Model X. Mercedes-Benz B-Class electric carA compliant car has avoided this standard debate, in a way, by skipping fast charging altogether.

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