Travelers rejoice, as it’s been announced that Mercedes-Benz will build charging hubs at Buc-ee’s travel centers across the United States, expanding their network of premium EV charging stations.
The recently announced strategic agreement will result in the installation of about 30 charging hubs, to be deployed by the end of 2024. Buc-ee’s currently has 46 locations, including 34 across Texas, which means that the majority of those stores will be equipped with Mercedes-Benz charging stations.
The Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging North America LLC (Mercedes-Benz HPC NA) has already begun work on charging hubs at numerous Buc-ee’s locations across the country, with some to be open by the end of this year.
In parallel, the company is also working on EV charging stations at 55+ Simon locations, which in total would bring at least 85 more sites out of the 400 planned (with more than 2,500 individual stalls) for North America by the end of this decade. In other words, in the near future we will probably hear about additional partners for the remainder of those 300+ charging hubs.
The Mercedes-Benz HPC NA network is focused on premium fast charging services “that redefines convenience and quality”. According to Mercedes-Benz, “Buc-ee’s travel centers provide value to EV drivers through their strategic placement along key transit corridors in the South and Southeast, including the Texas Triangle, I-75 and I-95, in addition to high-quality amenities like freshly prepared food and beverages, souvenirs, friendly service, and the most pristine highway rest facilities in the world.”
One interesting thing about the EV charging infrastructure forming the Mercedes-Benz HPC North America network is that it will be developed and operated by MN8, a renewable energy company that owns and operates nearly 900 renewable energy projects across 28 states.
Andrew Cornelia, the President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz HPC NA, said:
“Mercedes-Benz HPC North America’s collaboration with Buc-ee’s represents an important moment in our pursuit of a national charging network that sets a new standard in both convenience and quality. Within a remarkably short period, we’ve made significant strides towards opening several charging hubs at Buc-ee’s travel centers. Buc-ee’s strategic locations along major travel routes, combined with their commitment to clean and accessible amenities, aligns perfectly with our vision. Together, we’re not only providing exceptional value but also redefining the EV charging experience for drivers nationwide.”
Buc-ee’s General Counsel, Jeff Nadalo, said:
“Buc-ee’s values people and partnerships. Our new collaboration with Mercedes-Benz HPC North America will continue our traditions of elevated customer convenience and excellent service that have won the hearts, trust and business of millions in the South for more than 40 years.”