Solutions for the electric charging infrastructure. Studies have estimated that around 80 percent of the charging processes will occur at home or at the workplace and only about 20 percent at semi-public or public installations. We offer appropriate solutions for all three of these areas.

  • charge@home. The new Mercedes-Benz wallbox enables users to quickly and safely charge their vehicles at home with charging power of up to 22 kW. It will also be possible for the first time to use a smartphone to control various functions such as the charging process and user-management and consumption-overview features. In addition, the energy transition is being brought straight into the home through the combination of a wallbox, a home-storage device and a renewable source of energy such as a solar power unit.
  • charge@Daimler. With the “charge@Daimler” project, the company is consolidating its activities related to the establishment of an intelligent charging infrastructure at all Daimler locations in Germany. Employees at Daimler locations in 24 German cities can already take advantage of comprehensive charging solutions. Since 2013, well over 1,500 charging points have been set up in cooperation with our long-standing partner innogy SE. The project includes equipping employee parking lots, garages and customer centers, as well as electrifying the in-house development test rigs and testing facilities.
  • charge@highway - High Power Charging (HPC). Through our joint venture IONITY, we are working together with several other automakers to establish a powerful fast-charging network for electric vehicles in Europe. IONITY is pursuing the goal of being able to also guarantee an adequate charging infrastructure for long-distance travel on highways in order to accelerate the establishment of electric mobility. To this end, IONITY plans to install and put into operation around 400 fast-charging stations by 2020.
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    The first such stations have already begun operating in Germany, Switzerland, France and Austria. Each IONITY fast-charging station will have several charging points, which means thousands of charging points will be available by 2020 that will allow customers to charge vehicles of different brands and with different electrical outputs. The charging network uses the European Combined Charging System Standard (CCS), whose charging power of up to 350 kW per charging point enables correspondingly designed vehicles to charge their batteries much faster than it is possible today. A total of 23 IONITY fast-charging stations were operating at Charging the end of 2018 and 44 are currently under construction. Plans call for the electricity used to charge Mercedes-Benz EQC (combined power consumption: 20.8-19.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km)1 vehicles to be produced from renewable sources.
  • Charge@fleet. Mercedes-Benz also offers intelligent charging solutions for companies and fleet operators that allow fleet managers to monitor and invoice costs for all vehicle charging processes. These solutions even integrate the allocation of costs arising to the driver of a company car for charging at the employee’s home.
    Fast and comfortable charging with the Mercedes-Benz wallbox service

Plug & Charge proves its effectiveness in the pilot phase. Drivers of electric vehicles previously needed to have the right charging card or smartphone app in order to gain access to public charging stations. Plug & Charge does away with these cards and apps, as the solution enables the secure and automated exchange of data between vehicles and charging infrastructure. After the charging cable is inserted into the vehicle, the latter transmits the driver’s authorization data to the charging station in encrypted form. After the data has been verified, the charging process starts automatically and the subsequent payment process is also automated.

The solution, which uses the ISO 15118 international standard, was developed by the Berlin-based electric mobility specialist Hubject. Daimler also worked with Hubject to make its electric smart models ISO 15118-compatible. As a result, the smart EQ fortwo (combined power consumption: 20.1–12.9 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km)2, smart EQ fortwo cabrio (combined power consumption: 20.2–13.0 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km)2, and smart EQ forfour (combined power consumption: 20.8–13.4 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km)2 are the first electric production vehicles to support the Plug & Charge solution. In 2018, Daimler, Hubject and the charging station operator ebee smart technologies successfully concluded the pilot phase of this innovative system.

New hydrogen filling stations. In a joint venture with Air Liquide, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total, we are forging ahead with the expansion of the hydrogen infrastructure throughout Germany. A total of 53 H2 filling stations are currently in operation; four are being planned and 11 are in the process of being approved. A further 14 stations are under construction, while 12 are in the commissioning phase. To put it in more simple terms, a new hydrogen filling station opened once every two weeks on average in 2018 and a total of 100 public H2 stations for passenger cars are planned to be operating by the end of 2019. If the pace of construction continues, around 400 hydrogen filling stations could eventually be completed. Similar H2 infrastructure projects are now moving forward at the European level and around the world, most notably in Japan, the US and South Korea.

Refrigerant

ECJ ruling clarifies refrigerant dispute. Due to safety concerns and unanswered questions regarding safety risks at the time, Daimler used the refrigerant known as R134a in the air conditioning systems of approximately 134,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles manufactured in the first half of 2013 instead of the climate-friendly but flammable new R1234yf refrigerant. The European Commission subsequently initiated proceedings against Germany at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) due to the fact that Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority failed to prohibit the use of the more climate-damaging refrigerant and also failed to impose sanctions on Daimler. The ECJ has now ruled partially in favor of the European Commission. While the judgement does establish that an infringement occurred, the court did not order Germany to pay any fines. The Federal Motor Transport Authority has ordered Daimler AG to retrofit a limited number of vehicles with the R1234yf refrigerant. The R134a refrigerant used in the air conditioning units in certain A-Class and B-Class, CLA, and SL (BR 176, 246, 117, 231) models manufactured in the first half of 2013 does not correspond to the type approvals valid at that time. Use of the R134a refrigerant at no time had any effect on the vehicle occupants or the functioning of the vehicles in question. After the ECJH ruling in the infringement procedure against the Federal Republic of Germany was issued on October 4, 2018, we withdrew the objection we had submitted against the order issued by the Federal Motor Transport Authority and will now comply with that order. Daimler AG will inform customers of the associated recall in a timely manner in writing, and customers will, of course, not be charged anything for the measures that are to be taken.

1Electricity consumption and range were determined on the basis of Regulation 692/2008/EC. Power consumption and range are dependent on the vehicle configuration (, in particular on the selection of the maximum speed limit).
2Information on power respectively hydrogen consumption and on CO2 emissions is provisional and has been determined by an external technical service for the certification procedure in accordance with the provisions of the WLTP test procedure; the figures are non-binding and have been correlated with NEDC values. EU type approval and a certificate of conformity with official figures are not yet available. The figures given above may deviate from the official figures.