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Nov 30, 2023

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.

Based on BMW press release

Nov 30, 2023

On November 29, Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG selected SwissAI, a software provider for energy and mobility systems, as their AI supplier for network planning to create their first charging network. Using SwissAI’s Software as a Service (SaaS) platform - AIOME, users can simulate the impacts of different scenarios without their physical implementation. The partnership supports the development of a global high-power charging network.

Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG plans to build approximately 2,000 charging hubs and 10,000 high-power chargers across the planet, starting in China, North America, and Europe, by the end of the decade.

Based on SwissAI press release

Nov 30, 2023

Mercedes-Benz plans to stop building its full-size electric EQS SUV at its Tuscaloosa plant to make room for production of its upcoming GLC EV in Q1 2026, according to supply chain sources.

The company will move EQS SUV production, which currently accounts for about 7% of the U.S. factory's 300,000-vehicle annual capacity, to its plant in Bremen, Germany in the second half of the decade.

Production of the EQS SUV will add about 20,000 vehicles annually to the Bremen plant, which currently builds C- and E-Class sedans, and GLC and EQE crossovers.

The EQS was the first all-electric Mercedes-Benz vehicle built in the U.S., starting in August 2022. 

The company has since then introduced the EQE SUV at the 6-million-square-foot Tuscaloosa plant. 

The Tuscaloosa plant also builds the gasoline-powered GLS and GLE utility vehicles and most of the global output of their electric equivalents, as well as the Mercedes-Maybach GLS.

Production volumes of the smaller, longer-range GLC EV are expected to more than double the EQS SUV's current production volume, and create economies of scale, especially for batteries.

The newer GLC EV is expected to have about 300 miles of range, and with U.S. production, will be eligible for tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act. 

(multiple sources on November 28, 2023)