Thursday, April 11, 2024

Local authorities across the UK rely on Mer’s EV expertise to meet carbon, mobility and community goals

Mer, a leading European electric vehicle (EV) company, is helping public sector authorities to make greater strides towards meeting their electric mobility, EV adoption and net zero goals.

Alex Hinchcliffe, interim Managing Director at Mer UK, said “Mer’s work, most recently with Eastleigh Borough Council, Breckland District Council and Hart District Council are just a few examples of our commitment to working with public sector bodies to build a strong public charge point network. Working with installation partner Joju Charging, we are delighted to be supporting the growth of the EV market by optimising and expanding our networks with local authorities in line with driver demand, bringing charging to new pockets of the UK, and helping councils achieve their ambitions for reaching net zero.”

Mer’s work with Eastleigh Borough Council began with installing charge points at four sites. Due to growing demand, phase two of the partnership is already underway, which includes further charge point installation at new sites across the borough and the expansion of the phase one sites. This will ensure the public charging network in Eastleigh remans fit for purpose as usage increases.

Andy Brennan, Climate Change Manager at Eastleigh Borough Council, said, “Mer has provided our district with future-fit EV charging infrastructure. Following the success of phase one, which included installing a mix of fast and rapid charging at Romsey Road Car Park, Places Leisure, Channon Retail Park and Chestnut Avenue Retail Park, we are thrilled to be expanding our network with Mer.”

Mer is also working with Breckland District Council, building a mix of rapid and fast charging infrastructure in several locations initially, with plans for a wider charge point roll out in the near future. Helen Crane, Executive Member for Waste, Environmental Health, Licensing and Sustainability at Breckland District Council, said, “We are working with Mer to enhance the electric mobility experience in our area so the community will see a reliable EV charging network come to life. The move will enable our residents to have greater accessibility to electric vehicle charging ports and is another step towards becoming a more carbon neutral district.”

Mer was recently awarded a contract to work with Hart District Council through a competitive tender process. The Council has set climate goals including becoming a carbon-neutral authority by 2035, a carbon-neutral district by 2040. It has incorporated the reduction of CO2 emissions in Hart at the centre of policies and formal decision-making.

Following a site survey and application for power through the District Network Operator, Mer plan to deliver a number of EV charge point bays with the Council. Councillor Richard Quarterman, Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Corporate Services at Hart District Council, said, “Electric mobility is an exciting prospect in response to the climate crisis, but installing charging infrastructure is an important step in making it happen. That’s why we’re working with Mer on an EV charging network, to make EV driving a more attractive opportunity for more of our residents and visitors.”

Since launching in the UK in 2021, Mer has worked on public EV charging infrastructure developments with over 50 public authorities, including Durham County Council, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, New Forest District Council, and Isle of Wight Council. Now, Mer is supporting more councils enable the transition to electric mobility within their communities. To find out more, visit Mer’s website. 

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