Electrify America today announced an agreement with Mercedes-Benz USA to provide drivers of the all-electric EQS complimentary charging over two years at Electrify America EV charging stations. As the EQS luxury sedan hits showrooms this fall, its drivers will have ready access to seamless, ultra-fast charging at Electrify America’s more than 600 public stations across the country.
Under the agreement, first owners and lessees of the EQS will receive complimentary 30-minute charging per session for the first two years from Mercedes me Charge account activation. Drivers will be able to manage their charging plan through the proprietary Mercedes me Charge platform and driver app.
Furthermore, Electrify America and Daimler AG are providing drivers with Plug & Charge functionality per the ISO15118 standard, enabling EQS drivers with an activated Mercedes me Charge account to start a session and receive complimentary charging simply by connecting the Electrify America High Power DC charger, simply by plugging in No manual steps for authentication or initiation will be required.
Electrify America is the first and only company to offer ISO standard based Plug & Charge technology to multiple automakers in the United States. It builds on the company’s history of providing advanced technology and innovative solutions to drive EV adoption. Electrify America offers the fastest charging technology available today to provide charging speeds of up to 150 and 350 kilowatts for capable vehicles, a breakthrough for the network that debuted in May 2018.
Separately, future Mercedes-EQ battery-electric and Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid vehicles will also receive standard charging services. Under this agreement, drivers of eligible models will be able to locate Electrify America stations and check charger availability via Mercedes me Charge platform and driver app to initiate driver-paid charging sessions.
Electrify America is uniquely positioned to offer Mercedes-EQ and Mercedes-Benz customers a quick and convenient charging experience with its expansive and growing network of DC fast chargers. The ultra-fast charging network is an optimal fit for the high charging speeds the EQS is capable of.
“With a laser-focused commitment to advancing the adoption of electric vehicles, Electrify America has opened more than 2,600 individual chargers from coast-to-coast in less than three years, and we are excited to welcome Mercedes-EQ and Mercedes-Benz customers to our network with this offer,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and chief executive officer of Electrify America. “We prioritize world-class quality and a premium customer experience and are proud to collaborate with automakers like Mercedes-Benz that prioritize similar values.”
”Arriving in U.S. dealerships this fall, the EQS is a groundbreaking, all-electric luxury sedan that seamlessly unites the industry-leading standards of a Mercedes-Benz with Mercedes-EQ’s purpose-built electric powertrain and groundbreaking technologies,” said Dimitris Psillakis, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. “The EQS marks a new era for our brand, and this collaboration with Electrify America will ensure a seamless ownership experience for our customers with convenient access to an extensive coast-to-coast charging network while supporting a solid foundation for additional all-electric models to come.”
As automakers continue to introduce all-electric vehicles capable of charging at faster speeds, Electrify America has focused on building a ‘future proof’ network consisting almost exclusively of 150 and 350 kW ultra-fast chargers, placed at carefully curated, convenient locations to provide customers with a quality charging experience.