VW’s Electrify America strike a deal with Mercedes USA
Electrify America announced an agreement with Mercedes-Benz USA to provide drivers of the all-electric EQS complimentary charging over two years at its EV charging stations. The deal includes 30 minutes of free charging per session.
The agreement is valid for owners and lessees of the Mercedes EQS and enabled through the Mercedes me Charge account. Drivers will manage their charging plan through the corresponding platform and driver app, Electrify America explains.
Furthermore, the Volkswagen subsidiary and Daimler AG provide drivers with Plug&Charge, a function Electrify America only recently activated at all its charging stations, including those by Electrify Canada.
Drivers must simply plugin at a High Power DC charger by Electrify America with no manual steps for authentication or initiation required to receive the complimentary charge.
Electrify America adds that separately, future Mercedes-EQ battery-electric and Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid vehicles will also receive standard charging services. Under the latter agreement, drivers of eligible models will locate Electrify America stations and check charger availability via the Mercedes platform and app to initiate paid charging sessions.
Dimitris Psillakis, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, said, “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.”
Mercedes current electric model EQS will arrive at US dealerships this autumn. It is comparable to the S-Class as a purely electric model and the first EV utilising Daimler’s in-house electric platform EVA.
Electrify America claims to now run more than 2,600 individual chargers from coast to coast and stresses to be the first to offer ISO standard Plug&Charge to multiple automakers in the States. Hyundai and Kia are among the carmakers offering a charging deal at EA stations reportedly.
Set up as part of Volkswagen’s dieselgate retribution, Electrify America must invest two billion dollars over ten years in zero-emission-vehicle infrastructure, education and access across the USA. The company expects to install or have under development about 800 charging sites with about 3,500 DC fast chargers by December 2021.