Deepening the EV Resolve

Human beings can do a lot of things really well, and yet there is nothing we do better than growing on a consistent basis. This tendency to improve under all situations has notably fetched us some huge milestones, with technology appearing as a rather unique member of the stated group. The reason why technology’s credentials are so anomalous is based on its skill-set, which was unprecedented enough to guide us towards a reality that we couldn’t have imagined otherwise. Nevertheless, if we look a little bit closer, it should become clear how the whole runner was also very much inspired by the way we applied those skills across a real world setting. The latter component was, in fact, what gave the creation a spectrum-wide presence and made it the ultimate centrepiece of every horizon. Having such an ingenious tool run the show, unsurprisingly enough, scaled up the human experience from all conceivable directions, but even after reaching so far ahead, the prodigious concept of technology will somehow continue to bring the right goods to the table. This has only turned more evident over the recent past, and truth be told, a newly-formed partnership might just propel that trend to much greater heights in the future.

Mercedes Benz has officially partnered with ChargePoint to install over 400 fast electric vehicle charging hubs across the US. According to certain reports, the construction of the stated hubs will begin this year, with both the companies expected to bear an equal chunk of the touted $1 billion cost. Apart from them, MN8 Energy, an offshoot of Goldman Sachs Asset Management focused on solar power and energy storage, will also deliver some financial help using ChargePoint’s EV charging hardware and software. These hubs will be located in “key cities and urban population centers, along major highway corridors and close to convenient retail and service destinations” However, there is a special inclination towards making them accessible at  Mercedes dealerships, luxury malls, and other retail locations that are frequented by the company’s core clientele. Interestingly enough, unlike the approach of companies like Tesla, the partners have decided to keep their charging stations open to all EVs rather than restricting them to just Mercedes owners. However, people who own an EV from Mercedes will get the option to reserve certain stations.

“This is for us a strategic decision to really put our money where our mouth is,” said Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes Benz. “and back up the direction that we’re already taking over the last few years, pivoting towards electric and putting the company in a position by the end of this decade to be able to serve markets with an all-electric lineup.”

At the moment, US has somewhere around 41,000 public charging stations, but if EVs are to become more mainstream, this number would need to be much higher. To the current administration’s credit, we have, as of late, witnessed more and more investment in this space. However, issues like broken chargers, faulty software, busted screens, and more, continue to stick around, thus causing major disruption in our bid to realize an electronic future on the roads.

Coming back to the two entities in focus, this isn’t the first Mercedes Benz- ChargePoint collaboration we have ever seen. Just a while ago, the companies joined forces for an “industry-leading” EV charging solution called Mercedes me Charge, which provides access to ChargePoint’s chargers without needing multiple charging network accounts, subscriptions, or charging cards. Beyond ChargePoint, though, Mercedes also has a deal in place with Volkswagen’s Electrify America that lets Mercedes EV owners enjoy two years of complimentary charging.

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