Mer UK surges into UK electric vehicle charging market

Renewable energy producer, Mer UK, is planning to enter the electric vehicle charging market with solutions for underserved areas of the country.

The company, which is owned by Norwegian renewable energy firm Statkraft, is targeting business, organisations, key retail locations and areas managed by local authorities for its rollout of EV charging stations.

Areas with high usage, such as residential streets where people don’t have driveways or garages, will also be targeted.

Mer, which was previously known as Gronn Kontakt UK, has already installed 100 chargers in these areas and has already run a similar programme in Norway.

Anthony Hinde, managing director of 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.”

The company sources all of the energy for its charging points from 100% renewable sources, and it added that it has already begun working with several local authorities across the UK.