Mercedes is implementing a new tariff system for its plug-in hybrids and EVs.
Mercedes is making some changes to its EV charging infrastructure in Europe. It's implementing a new tariff system for 300,000 charging points in Europe to make electric mobility more suitable for everyday use.
The new system consists of three different tariff options connected to the car's charging profile: Mercedes me Charge S, M, and L. Mercedes me Charge M applies to owners of plug-in hybrid models, while Mercedes me Charge L is for owners of fully electric vehicles.
When the system goes live in June, Mercedes customers will have access to fixed prices that apply regardless of the operator. This is to create transparency and avoid uncertainty and surprise costs at public charging stations.
"From June, we will be offering our customers an improved service at the approximately 300,000 Mercedes me Charge charging points in Europe. Depending on their personal driving profile, customers will in the future be able to choose the right Mercedes me Charge tariff for them, and thus plan their charging costs more clearly and concretely. The new Mercedes me Charge tariffs give our customers convenient access to sustainable charging infrastructure for electrified vehicles in Europe," says Britta Seeger, responsible for Marketing & Sales at Mercedes.
In layman's terms, Mercedes has created three charging categories that cater to various kinds of customers.
All-new Mercedes EQ customers get the first year basic charge for free, while EQS customers also get charging at Ionity stations for free. EQS customers can already charge at Electrify America stations for free for two years from the purchase date.
Charge S is aimed at occasional chargers. There is no basic monthly fee, and the cost of charging still depends on the third-party service provider. This service is perfect for owners who have access to a wall box charger at home or the office.
Charge M is aimed at regular chargers. Mercedes charges a basic monthly fee of €4.90 ($5.38). This is said to be the perfect solution for city commuters because charging at all Mercedes me charging points is possible with the M tariff at a fixed price for a kilowatt-hour, regardless of what the respective charging network operator would otherwise charge per kilowatt-hour.
Charge L is for frequent chargers. The monthly fee is €17.90 ($19.66), and it grants the user access to even cheaper charging within the Mercedes me Charge network. Mercedes Charge L customers also get the best possible rate when charging at Ionity's 350 kW superfast chargers. There is also no blocking, which means owners can charge their cars overnight at public charging stations.