Statkraft explores new shareholders for Mer
Renewable energy firm Statkraft is exploring the option of new shareholders into the ownership structure of its fully-owned electric vehicle (EV) charging operator Mer.
The firm said the move has been made to support the company’s growth strategy with Statkraft remaining a majority shareholder in Mer.
The charging firm has increased its presence across Europe with operations now spanning the UK as well as Norway, Sweden, Germany and Austria. Alongside public charging, Mer also offers smart charging solutions for commercial fleets, housing cooperatives and businesses.
Speaking about the decision, Jürgen Tzschoppe, Executive Vice President for New Energy Solutions in Statkraft, said: “Inviting more shareholders into Mer alongside Statkraft will enable the company to accelerate the expansion of its EV charging network across Northern Europe to take an even bigger role in the global shift to carbon-free transport.
“We have just started this process and will take the necessary time to consider the best possible ownership structure for Mer going forward. Taking a leading role in EV charging is a good example of how Statkraft implements its strategy to develop and scale new green energy technologies, by partnering with others.”
CEO of Mer, Kristoffer Thoner said the firm had a “strong foothold” across the continent.
He added: “Powerful megatrends are driving EV adoption across the globe and by 2030, almost half of all new passenger cars are expected to be electric. This will quickly go towards 100% thereafter.
“Our mission is to make the shift to sustainable electric mobility easy and accessible for everyone by offering innovative solutions that will delight our customers with seamless EV charging experiences. With over 35,000 charging points Mer has a strong foothold in the most attractive EV markets in Europe, and in 2021 we provided over 316 million electric driven kilometers.
“Combined with our early mover experience, unique sustainability commitment and rapidly expanding EV charging network – Mer is positioned to play a leading role in the transportation revolution in Europe.”
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