Starting in 2025, Mercedes-Benz will be using Tesla's charging standard for their electric vehicles in North America
On July 7, Mercedes-Benz announced that its electric vehicles in North America will be using Tesla's charging technology starting in 2025. Additionally, the company will provide access to over 12,000 Superchargers from next year. Mercedes-Benz is following in the footsteps of American competitors Ford and General Motors, who have also adopted the North American Charging Standard (NACS) to expand their fast-charging network and make owning EVs more convenient.
In a move to provide better charging options for their North American customers, Mercedes-Benz will be the first German automaker to adopt Tesla's charging design. Volkswagen is also in talks to follow suit with the North American Charging Standard (NACS).
Starting in 2024, Mercedes-Benz will provide an adapter that enables their current electric vehicles with the Combined Charging System (CCS) to charge on the NACS network. CCS is a commonly used plug for DC fast-charging and is considered a competitor to NACS.
Mercedes drivers will now be able to view the availability and pricing of Tesla superchargers on their car's map. Additionally, Mercedes plans to expand its charging network with over 400 charging hubs and 2,500 high-power chargers in North America by the end of the decade. As for Tesla, they have also included CCS connectors at some of their U.S. charging stations in response to the Biden administration's efforts to expand charging networks through subsidies.
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that Tesla's Superchargers make up approximately 60% of fast chargers in the United States.