On November 30, BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. and Mercedes-Benz Group China Ltd. agreed to establish a 50:50 joint venture (JV) in China for a high-power charging network. Leveraging global and Chinese charging expertise, the joint venture aims to provide fast, reliable, and tailored charging solutions, enhancing the customer public charging experience.
By the end of 2026, the JV plans to build at least 1,000 high-power charging stations with around 7,000 high-power charging piles. The first stations are slated to open in 2024 in key new energy vehicle regions, with nationwide expansion to follow.
The premium charging network, accessible to the public, will offer exclusive features for BMW and Mercedes-Benz customers, including plug & charge and online reservations for a seamless digital experience. The JV also aims to source renewable energy where possible, promoting a sustainable and eco-friendly charging environment.