Under the microscope: charging technologies: Charging made easier
Whether at home via a wallbox, while shopping, at work or ultra-fast on the motorway: there are various ways to supply electric vehicles with power. Intelligently networked charging solutions form an integral part of the Mercedes-Benz Cars electric mobility initiative. Always with a view to the mobility needs and convenience of its customers, Daimler AG takes a comprehensive approach to vehicle charging with a wide range of cooperative arrangements and projects. From 2018, DC charging based on the CCS standard will gradually be introduced for Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles. This will allow fast charging at a much greater capacity than is possible today.
Customer acceptance of electric mobility is closely associated with the availability of a comprehensive charging infrastructure. The provision of intelligently networked charging solutions with convenient access plays a correspondingly vital role in the electromobility initiative of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Under the EQ product and technology brand, the company is pooling its know-how related to intelligent electromobility and offering a comprehensive e-mobility ecosystem of products, services, technologies and innovations. EQ is therefore a key part of the company's strategy for the mobility of the future, known at Daimler as "CASE". The four letters stand for the strategic future pillars of networking (Connected), autonomous driving (Autonomous), flexible use (Shared & Services) and electric drive systems (Electric), which are being systematically further developed and intelligently combined by the company.
As part of its CASE strategy, Daimler is taking a comprehensive approach to the subject of vehicle charging, and is forging ahead with the creation of a full-spectrum, user-friendly ecosystem for charging solutions with a wide range of projects and cooperative arrangements. The electrification of its own locations also forms part of this.
Your own charging station at home or at work.
Charging at a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox is much faster than at a domestic power socket. The Wallbox charging station in Mercedes-Benz design impresses with an AC charging capacity of up to 22 kW (depending on vehicle), and can be installed indoors or outdoors. With the Mercedes-Benz Wallbox Service in cooperation with MB partner The Mobility House, the customer receives an attractive and comprehensive package: the Wallbox, an on-the-spot check, installation and operation, including a 24-month warranty.
charge@Daimler: using electromobility to commute
Thanks to the "charge@Daimler" project the company is bundling its activities to establish an intelligent charging infrastructure for all of the company's sites in Germany. Employees at Daimler sites in 24 German cities can already rely on comprehensive charging solutions. Significantly more than 1,000 charging points have been set up since 2013 in collaboration with our long-term partner innogy SE, a subsidiary of energy provider RWE. By the end of 2018 the network will have grown to more than 2,000 charging points – in Sindelfingen alone, one of Daimler's largest production plants worldwide, more than 200 charging points will be added next year. Measures include equipment for employee parking, multi-storey car parks and customer centres as well as an electrification of internal development test benches and test facilities. Daimler has already been providing managers with electric company vehicles with a focus on plug-in hybrids since the start of 2016. Daimler AG employees have access to partly and fully electric vehicles at appealing rates thanks to the company associate business model. The company is gradually enhancing this range of services. Daimler is consequently underlining its pioneering role and takes an important step towards meeting its strategic alignment targets.
AC + DC = Combined Charging System (CCS)
Public fast charging is increasingly gaining in importance. In recent years, in conjunction with other automotive manufacturers, Daimler has decisively advanced the development of the Combined Charging System into an open and universal charging system for electric vehicles. The system pursues the goal of unlimited, global e-mobility. It expands the existing technical standard for AC charging of electric vehicles with the capacity for DC fast charging. From 2018, direct current charging based on the CCS (Combined Charging System) standard will gradually find its way into all electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. Depending on the vehicle and battery system, this allows a charging capacity of up to 150 kW at fast charging stations. Potentially the system also allows a charging capacity of up to 350 kW.
Agreement on the European socket standard simultaneously simplifies the development of an extensive fast charging network.
Joint venture for an ultra-fast high-performance charging network at major traffic arteries in Europe
Together with the BMW Group, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen group with Audi and Porsche, Daimler AG is planning a joint venture for the construction of an ultra-fast high-performance charging network with a charging capacity of up to 350 kW at major traffic arteries in Europe. Construction will begin before the end of 2017, and as a first stage around 400 locations in Europe are planned. The aim is for customers to have access to thousands of high-performance charging points by 2020. The charging points, along motorways and major transit routes, will be publicly accessible, so making long-distance travel in an electric vehicle a real possibility.
Daimler acquires a stake in ChargePoint: market entry in Europe
In spring 2017 Daimler AG became lead investor in the US charging solution provider ChargePoint Inc. The aim of this strategic investment is to significantly expand the portfolio of intelligent charging solutions and provide customers with an all-embracing, premium, electric mobility service. Currently offering more than 40,000 charging spots, ChargePoint is the world's leading provider in the electric mobility charging solutions segment and the market leader in the USA. The plan is to expand the business to the European market. Daimler and ChargePoint are systematically pursuing the same goal: to promote the breakthrough of electric mobility through the targeted expansion of infrastructure and services. The strategic cooperation between the two companies is the ideal supplement to the existing successful alliances and joint ventures of Daimler AG aimed at expanding an ecosystem for electric mobility.