sábado, dezembro 2, 2023

My Evaluation & Photos From Mercedes-Benz Charging Hub Opening In Atlanta

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I’ve coated the Mercedes-Benz Charging Hub announcement right here and the roundtable with Mercedes-Benz executives right here. On this article, I’m sharing my footage and a abstract of the opening, my feedback on the EQS, and feedback on the EQS from one among my associates.

The Chargers

That is an accessible charger with extra room for individuals in a wheelchair.
That is the usual ChargePoint charger with Mercedes branding.
It is a pull-through charger for somebody pulling a trailer to allow them to cost with out disconnecting the trailer.
An image of the ultra-luxurious Mercedes-Maybach EQS 680 charging. (Value is beginning at $181,050!)
The technical specs of the charger.

The Hub For Folks To Grasp Out In Whereas Their Automotive Expenses

In areas the place there aren’t facilities, Mercedes-Benz will construct a small place with meals and drinks to purchase and restrooms.
The within of the hub. I didn’t take an image of the restrooms, however they have been good.
These hours may very well be a problem, since individuals do cost later than 8pm.

The Presentation

Right here is my abstract of the presentation:

• Electrical luxurious model’s development technique.

  • CEO emphasizes firm’s dedication to changing into probably the most desired electrical luxurious model.
  • Mercedes-Benz plans to increase its electrical automobile lineup and put money into US manufacturing amenities with a give attention to buyer comfort and dependable high-speed charging.

• Enhancing world charging infrastructure for electrical autos.

  • Goals to revolutionize charging expertise with sustainable, emission-free mobility.
  • Goals to create a sustainable and accessible charging community with 10,000 factors globally, prioritizing North America.
  • Highlights the parallel between electrifying the nation within the Twenties and constructing charging infrastructure in the present day, emphasizing the necessity for public funding and a once-in-a-generation alternative.
  • Goals to steer the electrical automobile charging revolution with premium, high-powered chargers.
  • Haskell is North America’s quickest charger, delivering as much as 400 kilowatts of energy.
  • MN8 is partnering with Mercedes-Benz to construct a community of renewable vitality property for electrification of transportation.
  • Highlights the fast improvement of EV charging stations in North America, with Emanate aiming to supply high quality and reliability to particular person EV drivers whereas making certain sustainable vitality sources.

Evaluation Of Mercedes Charging Hub

My evaluation is that rolling out numerous EV charging stations globally will improve Mercedes-Benz’s status, so long as their reliability is great. The truth that the stations are open to different corporations’ vehicles will maximize the affect of the community and expose the model to many people who may not have thought-about the model earlier than. The unique perks of proudly owning a Mercedes-Benz automobile are vital in that the automobile will make a reservation for you routinely from its navigation system and Plug&Cost will make the expertise simpler than filling up at a fuel station. This might be nice assist in gaining mindshare, however it’s nonetheless secondary to the standard and pricing of the vehicles themselves. That may not be an issue if many shoppers agree with my good friend quoted under.

Ideas On EQS 580 From Longtime Buddy Michael Mantei

Michael purchased the automobile a pair months in the past after additionally contemplating a Tesla Mannequin Y and Mannequin X. I requested him what he considered the automobile and his response was:

We’re more than happy with the automobile and the efficiency is excellent. The options and hyper display screen are actually over whelming. Since Vanessa is the driving force and really drives lower than 7500 miles a yr, charging hasn’t been a problem. We did take it out of city to Miami and we discovered that the chargers listing 350kW however actually present 150kW. Resort chargers cater to the Tesla and infrequently work — for us 1/4.

Disclosure: I’m a shareholder in Tesla [TSLA], BYD [BYDDY], Nio [NIO], XPeng [XPEV], Hertz [HTZ], NextEra Vitality [NEP], and several other ARK ETFs. However I provide no funding recommendation of any type right here. Mercedes-Benz coated my journey bills to expertise the opening. 

All photographs by Paul Fosse

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