Mercedes-Benz Canada has announced a new addition to its Mercedes me Charge ecosystem – an integration with Hydro-Québec's Electric Circuit network that will give Mercedes-EQ drivers access to more than 3,300 additional EV charging stations in Québec and Eastern Ontario.
Mercedes-EQ drivers will be able to access Electric Circuit stations installed in parking lots across Québec and in Eastern Ontario, including more than 500 DC fast charging stations - a significant addition to the existing Mercedes me Charge charging network. With this new Electric Circuit integration, Mercedes-EQ drivers will have access to more than 8,950 public charging ports in total across Canada, including more than 1,300 DC fast charging ports. The EQS 580 4MATIC sedan is capable of DC fast charging up to 200 kW, which can charge from 10% to 80% in approximately 31 minutes.
This expanded network access was facilitated by ChargePoint, which enables both Mercedes me Charge as well as the technical integration with Electric Circuit.
In an industry first, the Mercedes me Charge ecosystem can also provide drivers access to an additional network of more than 2,400 semi-public ports on the ChargePoint network that reside in access-controlled environments like workplaces, shopping malls and hotels. This will ensure that Mercedes-EQ drivers have easy access to charging stations for daily commutes as well as for longer road trips. This combination of public and semi-public access spread across multiple partners will give Mercedes-EQ drivers seamless access to the Mercedes me Charge network across Québec and throughout Canada, making cross-country trips easy and worry-free.
Plug & Charge
In 2022, Mercedes me Charge customers will also benefit from Plug & Charge functionality, allowing for a seamless, convenient charging process on ChargePoint stations. Simply open the flap, plug in and the current immediately starts flowing without any further customer interactions. Plug & Charge will be a significant enhancement to the EQS charging feature-set, which also allows drivers to enable charging via MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) on the vehicle's media display, through the Mercedes me App (available on Google Play and the App Store) or by using the Mercedes me Charge card. Provided by ChargePoint, the Mercedes me Charge ecosystem simplifies the process of finding, using and paying for charging sessions from a smartphone app and from inside the vehicle using MBUX.