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Mer Supports King’s College London with Sustainability Goals

King’s College London is an internationally renowned university with a strong focus on sustainability – its goal is to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
King's College London Electric Vehicle (EV) Charge Point, Charging Electric Car

The Client

King’s was 24th in the latest Times Higher Education Impact Rankings that measure universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The university has purchased 100% of its electricity from UK wind energy since October 2017.  

EV charging specialist Mer won the contract put out to tender by King’s, to grow and modernise its network of EV chargers across multiple sites. This included replacing older charging points with smart chargers, adding provisions in new locations, networking all the chargers, and providing a back-office system for monitoring and reporting.  

The Solution

Mer carried out extensive site surveys across the King’s estate to identify utilisation rates of existing chargers. Mer’s team also pinpointed the optimal locations for additional charge points such as the new sports centre at Honour Oak Park in South London. In total Mer installed 15 AC charge points across eight sites, a mixture of 7kW and 22kW fast chargers.  

Mer swapped out older infrastructure for smart chargers that can be networked and easily managed via the Mer Connect platform. This gives the sustainability team full visibility of who is using the chargers and when, as well as providing data on the carbon saved compared to using diesel vehicles.  

King’s was an early adopter of EV charging, but those older chargers were very limited in terms of the information they could provide.

Stevie Jones, Associate Consultant for Fleet and Workplace Charging at Mer

The Mer Connect portal enables clients to manage individual or multiple sites, providing real time information on carbon savings, charger status and energy usage. It also allows site managers to set multiple tariffs for different use cases – for example, free charging for fleet vehicles, subsidised charging for employees, and a higher rate for visitors. Drivers can access the charge points via the Mer Connect app.  

“We have our own growing EV fleet and increasingly our contractors also use electric vehicles, leading to higher demand for charging. Mer has done a fantastic job of creating a charging network that suits our needs today and also enables us to expand in years to come.”  – Alexandra Hepple, sustainability officer at King’s College London 

Man and Woman Standing by Mer EV Charging Point

Stevie Jones, Associate Consultant at Mer and King’s College representitive proudly stand by Mer EV charge point

Whether you are a workplace looking to install your first charging points, or are thinking about introducing tariffs for your existing infrastructure, talk to our friendly experts. If you are a fleet that is planning significant new investments in EVs and charging to support them, we are also ideally placed to help.

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