Councils work with Mer on scaling up electric mobility

European electric vehicle company Mer has announced projects with three councils as it looks to assist local authorities in scaling up electric mobility. 

Firstly, it has worked with Eastleigh Borough Council on installing charge points at four sites. The job, which was the second phase of the partnership, included further charge point installation at new sites across the borough and the expansion of the phase one sites. 

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. In addition has been awarded a contract with Hart District Council, which has plans to be a carbon-neutral authority by 2035 and a carbon-neutral district by 2040.

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Image of Eastleigh charger from Mer

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