Mer and Paua have agreed a roaming partnership, enabling Paua’s fleet customers to use Mer’s network of 160+ chargers whenever they need a power top-up while out and about. The deal is part of Mer’s commitment to support roaming across EV charging networks in the UK – which is a core part of Paua’s business model.
Under the arrangement, Paua’s mobile app fleet drivers can find, charge and pay at Mer’s next generation EV chargers at any site across the UK – simplifying the charging process for them. It’s one of a series of roaming agreement’s Mer has already signed this year – including recent ones with Allstar and New Motion – to further its ambitions to help create an open and accessible EV charging network in the UK. Paua’s focus on fleet drivers also aligns with one of Mer’s focus areas – namely supporting businesses to switch to EVs by making the installation of charging infrastructure as easy and cost-effective as possible.
Anthony Hinde added: “For that reason, we are delighted to have signed this deal with Paua – because the success of the UK’s EV industry is going to need e-mobility start-ups like Paua to continue to succeed and innovate.”
As the UK ramps up its transition to EVs – accelerated by the Government’s 2030 ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans – one of the biggest challenges’ motorists will face is being able to charge their vehicles where and when they need to.
Although charging infrastructure is being rapidly built across the country’s major road networks, and at-home solutions are becoming cheaper and more effective, there are still several gaps where there is an urgent need for accelerated EV charging deployment. These include high-usage high-footfall locations like workplaces, public places, car parks, business premises and residential areas where people don’t have access to their own garages or driveways.
Mer, which has years of experience building out EV infrastructure in Northern Europe, is focused on working with businesses and local authorities to serve these areas and help meet the estimated 400,000 public chargers needed by 2030.
Mer – owned by Norwegian renewable energy giant Statkraft – only uses zero-carbon, 100% renewable energy sources to power its network, with the electricity generated solely by wind, solar and hydro sources.
Drivers can find their nearest Mer charging point by visiting here or by downloading the Mer app at the Apple app store or on Google Play.