Mercedes-Benz is making it even easier for its customers to charge its upcoming line of electric vehicles here in Canada. The German brand has teamed up with Hydro Quebec’s Electric Circuit charge network to integrate its Mercedes me charging ecosystem with 3,300 additional EV charging stations in Québec and Eastern Ontario.
Mercedes me is the brand’s own charging ecosystem, first set up with ChargePoint to originally include almost 5,000 charge points across the country, including both public and semi-public. With a downloaded app, Mercedes drivers can simply find a ‘participating’ charge station, and the app acts as a ‘window’ to the various charge networks. Next year, Mercedes will implement ‘Plug and Charge’, where a Mercedes me driver can plug into a network charger and walk away; the car itself takes care of billing, and there’s no need for downloading various apps for different networks.
The addition means Mercedes drivers now have access to more than 8,950 public charging ports in total across Canada, including more than 1,300 DC fast charging ports. There are also 2,400 semi-public ports on the ChargePoint network in areas such as workplaces, shopping malls and hotels available. ChargePoint is also responsible for the technical integration with Electric Circuit.
“We expect Québec to be a truly important market for the exceptional Mercedes-EQ product lineup, and our customers in Québec and around the country can be excited about the clean, digitally-integrated, fast and convenient charging experience they will be able to enjoy,” says Eva Wiese, President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Canada, in a statement.