26.4.2021Mer UK to accelerate deployment of charging infrastructure
Mer, part of Norwegian renewable energy giant Statkraft, has today launched into the UK’s electric vehicle (EV) charging market in a bid to accelerate the deployment of charging infrastructure.
Mer has set its sights on an underserved area of the country’s EV charging infrastructure, but one that is critical if the UK is to meet its ambitious zero-emission driving targets. It is focusing on installing charging stations in businesses, organisations, key retail locations and into areas managed by local authorities where there will be high usage, such as residential streets where people don’t have driveways or garages.
The company has run similar programmes in Norway, Europe’s market leader for EV ownership, where last year more than half of new car sales (54%) were electric.
While there has been a significant acceleration of charging points installed along motorway networks and main roads, and on people’s driveways and garages, the push for inclusion into workplaces and other high-use public areas has been slower until now. Many of these chargers will need to go into locations currently underserved by other commercial charging companies – high-footfall locations such as residential areas where people don’t have off-street parking and where alternative on-street solutions are needed. Mer aims to change that.
Anthony Hinde, Managing Director at Mer UK, said:
“The UK Government has set ambitious targets for the switch to zero-emission vehicles, especially with the announcement of the 2030 ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars.
“This target is absolutely achievable, but it will require a fundamental shift in how the UK’s EV charging infrastructure is developed. Home and on-the-road chargers remain fundamental aspects of the UK’s EV charging network, but if we just focus on that, we won’t succeed.
“The lessons we have learned from Norway – where the majority of new car sales are now electric – is that installing EV chargers into workplaces and more broadly into community locations, and switching fleet vehicles to electric, will be a critical element to the success of the green-vehicle transition.”
Formerly known as Gronn Kontakt UK, Mer also works with organisations such as local councils to enable on-street charging in underserved areas. Mer is part of the Scaling On-Street Charging Infrastructure Project (SOSCI) in the North of England, where the aim is to install on-street chargers within a five-minute walk of communities where off-street parking isn’t an option.
Mer sources all its energy from 100% renewable and traceable sources, and is already working with several local authorities across the UK, as well as blue-chip firms and delivery fleets.