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Now, one of Tesla’s direct competitors, Mercedes-Benz, is doing exactly that. At CES yesterday, the German automaker—in the middle of a big EV pivot of its own—announced it will build its own network of high-speed public EV chargers. Here’s what the automaker had to say:

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.
[…] 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.
But is it only for cars from the Silver Arrow brand? Not so; but here’s a good compromise: “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.”
a fun quote:

Generally, the EV charging experience can be ranked thusly:
  1. Tesla Supercharger
  2. Just driving a fucking gasoline car
  3. Electrify America
  4. EVGO
  5. Calling an Uber
  6. Taking the bus
  7. Getting hit by a bus
  8. ChargePoint

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Interesting list. I've had better luck with ChargePoint than EVgo. Their CP250 units are slow but rock-solid.
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