To reduce pollution and increase renewable energy, the UK government has set a target to minimise greenhouse gases emissions to 80% by 2050. For supporting the UK government’s greenhouse emissions, Mer – UK’s newest EV charging entrant owned by Statkraft has recently announced a roaming partnership with NewMotion.
Mer is owned by Norwegian renewable energy giant Statekraft, whereas NewMotion is a smart EV charging solution provider, a Shell group company and one of the largest providers of access to public charge points in the UK.
Greater accessibility to EV charging stations
The new partnership enables the NewMotion or Shell Recharge card or app holding customers to charge their EV at 160+ charging points operated by Mer, freeing them with charging range anxiety. The deal is a part of Mer’s commitment of expanding the roaming capability of UK’s EV drivers and making EV charging more accessible as possible.
Developing EV infrastructure to high usage area
The new partnership will provide EV charging infrastructure facilities to underserved areas of the UK. It is a critical challenge for the company to get the UK meet zero-emission driving targets.
The company concentrated on making EV charging stations available at high usage areas such as businesses, organisations, key retail locations and other local authorities.
Commenting, Mer UK Managing Director, Anthony Hinde, said: “Mer believes that to support the transition for drivers to electric vehicles, we have to make charging as easy, simple and accessible as possible.”
“Roaming is a key element to that. We have to help reduce the range anxiety customers feel about switching to EVs, and being tied to individual brands when it comes to charging only exacerbates this issue.”
“Instead, as an industry, we have to forge partnerships like this one so drivers can be confident they can charge quickly and easily at any station without needing to carry multiple memberships. We are committed to this and working with numerous partners to execute many such agreements, focussing on the drivers.”
Alan McCleave, Regional Manager UK and Nordics at NewMotion, said: “At NewMotion we see it as our mission to enable everybody to drive as many miles as possible powered by clean energy. Providing easy access to public charge points via roaming is important for a seamless EV charging experience, lowering the barrier to e-mobility. To provide for this, we currently collaborate with over 200 roaming partners in Europe and 20 in the UK, including Mer.”