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Mercedes-Benz Reveals New Charging Network and Tech Updates at CES 2023

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Mercedes-Benz Reveals New Charging Network and Tech Updates at CES 2023
Mercedes-Benz Reveals New Charging Network and Tech Updates at CES 2023
  • Mercedes-Benz to launch global branded high-power charging network starting in North America
  • VISION EQXX, most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built, gives demonstration drives on streets of Las Vegas
  • Automatic Lane Change (ALC) to take advanced driver-assistance systems to next level in North American market
  • Level 3 conditionally automated driving with Mercedes-Benz DRIVE PILOT available in Germany and coming to Nevada and California in 2023
  • Partnership with Apple Music and Universal Music Group (UMG) delivers ultimate in-car sound experience with Dolby Atmos
  • Optimised in-car digital entertainment with ZYNC makes North American premiere
  • Mercedes-Benz and entertainment brand SUPERPLASTIC launch partnership and all-new character, ’Superdackel"

Mercedes-Benz is in Las Vegas for CES 2023 to showcase ’Tech to Desire“ with several developments that will enrich the lives of its customers. Most notably, the automaker announced plans to launch a global high-power Mercedes-Benz-branded charging network. Rollout starts this year in North America in partnership with MN8 Energy and ChargePoint. Mercedes-Benz also revealed a number of other innovations and collaborations that give back time, make life easier and generate excitement for customers in the car and beyond.

The Mercedes-Benz high-power charging network

In his remarks during the Mercedes-Benz tech talks at CES 2023, Chief Technology Officer Markus Schäfer revealed plans for a Mercedes-Benz branded high-power charging network starting this year in North America. Rollout in Europe, China and other main markets will follow. The North American network is scheduled for completion by 2027, by which time a total of more than 400 hubs with more than 2,500 high-power chargers will cover the continent. Spaced conveniently at regular intervals close to motorways, major intersections and metropolitan areas, the hubs will offer a premium, sustainable and reliable charging experience.

The locations and surroundings of the Mercedes-Benz charging hubs will be carefully selected with wider customer needs in mind. The best possible charging experience will therefore come complete with food outlets and restrooms situated nearby. Facilities will also be equipped with surveillance cameras and other measures to provide a safe and secure charging environment at all times. Selected charging points are covered for protection from the weather. Depending on region and location, the hubs offer four to 12 – and ultimately as many as 30 – high-power chargers (HPC) with up to 350 kW charging power. Intelligent charge-load management allows each vehicle to charge at its maximum capacity, keeping waiting times to an absolute minimum. The network will be open to all electric vehicle brands, but Mercedes-Benz customers will enjoy special benefits, such as the ability to reserve a charging spot.

In line with its sustainable business strategy ’Ambition 2039”, Mercedes-Benz enables its customers to charge green at its own charging network. This is preferably ensured via green electricity supply contracts or through renewable energy certificates from an accredited supplier. Furthermore, all Mercedes-Benz charging hubs able to accommodate a roof will be equipped with photovoltaic systems to provide electricity for lighting, video surveillance etc.

’At Mercedes-Benz, we’re fully committed to making the charging of battery electric-vehicles easier and more accessible. By selecting MN8 Energy and ChargePoint as our partners in North America – two of the leaders in their respective fields – we’ll be able to continue to drive the transformation towards an electric future, which is one of the main pillars of our holistic, sustainable corporate strategy.“

Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Chief Technology Officer, Development & Procurement

MN8 Energy is one of the largest solar energy and battery storage owners and operators in the US. The partnership with MN8 Energy supports Mercedes-Benz’s aim to maximise access to green charging for its customers throughout the U.S. ChargePoint has established one of the world’s leading EV charging networks in the US and Europe that has so far powered approximately five billion electric miles. The international company already serves as the Mercedes-Benz backend provider in the U.S. for Mercedes me Charge. By the end of the decade, the Mercedes-Benz high-power charging network will have expanded worldwide with more than 10,000 high-power chargers over and above its existing charging offers.

VISION EQXX, the most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built makes appearances at CES

Those in town for CES – as well as the lucky general public – might have caught a glimpse of the VISION EQXX research vehicle on the streets of Las Vegas during the show days. The most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever proved its capabilities last year with multiple drives of more than 1,200 km (745 miles) on a single battery charge. It made headlines last summer with an average energy consumption of 8.3 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometres (or 7.5 miles per kilowatt hour) on a drive from Stuttgart, Germany to Silverstone, U.K. During the opening days of CES the VISION EQXX was in service providing demonstration drives to the media along the Las Vegas Strip and in other areas of the city. Visitors to the Mercedes-Benz booth could also take in a life-size model.

Automatic Lane Change (ALC) feature coming to North American market

Mercedes-Benz also announced the company’s new Automatic Lane Change (ALC) feature, which will come to the North American market this year. ALC enables the car to automatically initiate a lane change and overtake slower vehicles with the cruise control engaged. The system is a further expansion stage of the Mercedes‑Benz SAE Level 2 partially automated driving feature, so the driver remains responsible at all times. To use ALC, the driver sets the speed of the adaptive distance cruise control function (Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC). The Active Steering Assist (activated by default) does the rest. The car continuously monitors its surroundings via its array of radar sensors and cameras to overtake slower cars while on the motorway. Having overtaken, the vehicle can assist moving back to the original lane. ALC can also initiate an automatic lane change to help follow the active route guidance when approaching exit ramps or freeway junctions.

SAE Level 3 conditionally automated driving coming to Nevada and California in 2023

Mercedes-Benz customers will soon be able to benefit from SAE Level 31 conditionally automated driving in the U.S. states of California and Nevada. In May 2022, Mercedes-Benz became the first car manufacturer in the world with an internationally valid certification for conditionally automated driving to offer such a system as an option ex-works for vehicles from series production to customers in Germany. On suitable motorway sections and where traffic density is high, DRIVE PILOT can offer to take over the driving, initially up to the legally permitted speed of 60 km/h. This gives customers back time so they can focus on certain secondary activities such as communicating with colleagues via In-Car Office, browsing the web or relaxing while watching a movie. Mercedes-Benz has applied for certification in the states of California and Nevada and will roll DRIVE PILOT out in these states when approved.

Partnerships with Apple Music and UMG for the ultimate sound experience with Dolby Atmos

Mercedes-Benz Chief Software Officer Magnus Östberg detailed during the CES 2023 tech talks how Mercedes-Benz is creating the ideal in-car entertainment experience with the help of multiple partners. Collaborations with Apple Music, Universal Music Group (UMG) and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. are bringing ground-breaking innovations in the field of sound to Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Thanks to the collaboration with Apple Music, a Mercedes-Benz is now the first non-Apple device to natively offer Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos by Apple Music. With this new audio standard, Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music label, are enabling their recording artists to base their song approval process on how the final mix sounds in a Mercedes-Benz and introduce the seal ’Approved in a Mercedes-Benz” as a gold standard of sound. This is made possible by the integration of Dolby Atmos immersive audio into the optional Burmester® high-end 4D and 3D sound systems with the latest MBUX generation. UMG additionally plans to set up a studio environment in Sindelfingen, Germany, based on its Capitol Studios’ Studio C, a major global reference music studio for Dolby Atmos mixing.

’In-car entertainment today is much more than a high-end stereo system. A typical top-of-the-line S-Class or EQS will most likely be equipped with a Burmester High-End 4D-surround sound system with 39 speakers, plus the Hyperscreen. Not to mention all the hardware and software to make it work together. This is how we at Mercedes-Benz create desire: seamlessly combining technology to amaze the user. For this, we look to both inside our organisation as well as to valued external partners who can bring new innovations to our vehicles.“

Magnus Östberg, Chief Software Officer at Mercedes-Benz Group AG

Partnership with ZYNC brings optimised in-car digital entertainment to Mercedes-Benz vehicles in North America

Making its North American premiere, the Mercedes-Benz partnership with digital entertainment platform ZYNC brings seamless in-car content streaming to a new level. Both companies took advantage of the CES 2023 tech talks to announce details of the collaboration, which brings new, curated content and embedded streaming specific to the North American market. Joining Magnus Östberg was ZYNC founder and CEO Rana June (RJ). She explained how ZYNC combines all streaming services seamlessly on a single platform, allowing passengers to stream content onto their screens while travelling and to all occupants when parked.

Mercedes-Benz and entertainment brand SUPERPLASTIC join forces to create a new character: ’Superdackel”

To round out the day’s discussions, Mercedes-Benz announced a collaboration with the emerging entertainment brand, SUPERPLASTIC. Galen McKamy, Chief Creative Officer of SUPERPLASTIC, joined Alexander Helf, Head of Brand, Design & Lifestyle Communications at Mercedes-Benz, to launch their newly formed partnership at the CES 2023, which included the introduction of an all-new character to the SUPERPLASTIC universe – Superdackel. He is a cultural icon, derived from the ’Wackeldackel,“ the classic ’nodding dog” ornament that’s graced the hearts and dashboards of generations of drivers around the globe. The partners premiered Superdackel in an animated short film.

A 2.5-metre Superdackel figure is located prominently at the Mercedes-Benz booth which, in addition to the VISION EQXX display representing high efficiency, also features several new electric vehicles showcasing the portfolio with different ’flavours" of e-mobility: the new EQE SUV 500 4MATIC (WLTP power consumption combined:  22.5-18.8 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km) and the high-performance Mercedes‑AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ (WLTP power consumption combined: 24.3-21.8 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km)2.

The CES 2023 Mercedes-Benz talks will be available as an on-demand video on Mercedes me media as of January 6, 2023.

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  1. SAE Level 3: the automated driving function takes over certain driving tasks. However, a driver is still required. The driver must be ready to take control of the vehicle at all times when prompted to intervene by the vehicle.
  2. Power consumption and range were determined on the basis of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 2017/1151.

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