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Statkraft-owned Mer launches into UK EV charging market

Image: Mer

Image: Mer

Mer has announced its launch into the UK’s electric vehicle (EV) charging market, targeting underserved areas of the country.

Specifically, the company is focused on getting charging stations into business, organisations, key retail locations and areas managed by local authorities where there will be high usage, such as residential streets where there is no off street parking.

It said these areas will be critical to reaching net zero targets, with Mer's technology, expertise and funding models to support businesses and communities in making the switch.

Mer – which was previously known as Gronn Kontakt UK – was acquired by Statkraft in late 2019, with this following the acquisition of German EV charging firm E-Wald in the same year. Since then, the Norwegian utility has also acquired Vattenfall’s UK EV charging business.

Mer sources all of the energy for its chargepoints from 100% renewable sources, and is already working with several local authorities across the UK as well as bluechip firms and delivery fleets.

The company pointed to its experience in Norway, where in 2020 54% of new car sales were electric, something that managing director of Mer UK Anthony Hinde said taught the company that “installing EV chargers into workplaces and more broadly into community locations, and switching fleets to electric, will be a critical element to the success of the green-vehicle transition”.

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