Shell partnered up with Mercedes Benz to offer enhanced access to Shell Recharge network and bespoke charging experience for Mercedes-Benz EV customers in Europe, North America and China.
István Kapitány, Global Executive Vice President of Shell said that Mercedes-Benz drivers will be able to access the Shell Recharge network with 30,000 charge points by 2025, including 10,000 high-power charge points. They will also have access to a premium charging experience, fully integrated with their vehicle, the Mercedes me app and Shell loyalty programmes, through which they will be offered individually tailored benefits.
Shell and Mercedes-Benz will establish a joint technical team which will work on Plug&Charge technology and adoption of the new ISO 15118 international standard for vehicle-to-grid communication.
Recognising that a significant proportion of charging is expected to be performed at homes and offices by 2030, the two companies will be working together to develop a wider home energy experience, including a Smart Charging offer.
Mr Kapitány informed that in the commercial fleet space, Shell will work with Mercedes-Benz to extend their B2B referral programme, offering chargers and services for home and work locations. As part of the Drive to Zero programme, aimed at assisting large corporate fleets on their decarbonisation journey, Shell will broaden its current B2B offer to include the Shell Card, New Motion charge points, Green Home Energy Supply and Nature-Based Solutions packages. These will first be made available to Mercedes-Benz commercial customers in Germany, with other markets expected to follow.
Mr Kapitány underlined that the partnership is another instance of the close collaboration that will be needed to succeed throughout the energy transition.
The partnership is also an important step for Mercedes Benz as the luxury car company is accelerating toward an emissions-free future vowing to spend more than 40 billion euros this decade to electrify its lineup.
“The EV shift is picking up speed – especially in the luxury segment, where Mercedes-Benz belongs. The tipping point is getting closer and we will be ready as markets switch to electric-only by the end of this decade,” said Ola Källenius, CEO of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz.
To facilitate this shift, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a comprehensive plan which includes significantly accelerating R&D. In total, investments into battery electric vehicles between 2022 and 2030 will amount to over 40 billion euros to bring forward the tipping point for EV adoption.
In 2025 Mercedes plans to launch three new all-electric vehicle platforms and from 2025 onwards, all newly launched architectures will be electric-only. Mercedes also plans to install a battery cell capacity of more than 200 gigawatt-hours with partners, setting up eight gigafactories.
The German car manufacturer is quickly picking up the pace regarding electrification. Earlier this year Mercedes launched the EQS, the electric version of its flagship S-Class.
“This step marks a profound reallocation of capital. By managing this faster transformation while safeguarding our profitability targets, we will ensure the enduring success of Mercedes-Benz. Thanks to our highly qualified and motivated workforce, I am convinced that we will be successful in this exciting new era,” concluded the CEO of Daimler.