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A Guide To Charging On Mer’s Public EV Network

Whether you are new to Mer or regularly charge your EV on our public network, this blog covers everything EV drivers need to know about charging with us.

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In this blog:  How to find EV charge points  |  Using public chargers  |  Pricing and payment  |  Support for driversFAQs

From finding a charge point to paying for the charge, we want to make charging on the Mer public network a simple, easy and enjoyable experience. We have compiled a three-step guide with the key information about our public charge points.


Step 1: How do I find electric vehicle charge points near me?

  • Driver Portal: you can search for charge points in specific locations in the Portal and view the nearest charge points as a list by clicking on ‘list results’.
  • Mer Connect UK app: when you open the app, the closest available charge point to you should appear on the homepage. Or, you can enter your current location to find your nearest public EV charge point on our network.
  • External providers: you can also search for available Mer charge points on Zap-Map, the UK’s leading app and digital platform for EV drivers.

Step 2: How do I use a public charger on the Mer network?

The Mer public charging network is home to a variety of charger types, from 22kW fast chargers to 150kW ultra-rapid chargers.

  • Head over to our YouTube channel, where you can watch our short how-to videos to get to grips with the different chargers on our public network.
  • Our charge point user guides also provide all the need-to-know information on each individual public charger currently on our network.

There are multiple ways drivers can charge on a Mer public charger.


Registered customers

  • Via our app: download the Mer Connect UK app and register/log into your account. You can use our app to start a charge and view the chargers around your current location, and there are also features including access to your charging history and monthly billing. This tutorial details how to use our app.
  • Driver Portal/Map: visit our Driver Portal via your internet browser, select a charge point and start a charge. To find out how to use our Driver Portal in more detail, check out our tutorial video.

Guest users

  • Via our app: guest users can also use our app. Once you have selected a charger, simply add your card details and email address. A receipt will be sent to you following your charge.
  • Driver Portal/Map: you can also select a charge point and start a charge via the Portal.

Step 3: How much does it cost to use a Mer public charger, and how do I pay?

The cost of charging your electric car at one of our public stations varies depending on the type of charger you are using (fast/rapid), who owns the charger (Mer or local authorities), and whether you are a registered, guest, roaming, or contactless user. View our prices list for full details.

There are multiple ways you can pay for your charge.

  • Charge card: registered drivers can order one of our small, recyclable tags via our app or Driver Portal. You can activate your card via our app/Driver Portal.
  • Contactless: both registered and guest users can charge their EV using contactless payment on certain public charge points with a speed of 50kW+. You will find instructions on the charge point if the charger accepts contactless payment.


How will I be charged as a registered user?

Rather than paying after each charge, registered users will be billed monthly on the payment card they registered with.

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Do you work with roaming partners?

Our roaming agreements with other charge point operators ensure you can access our network easily, without the need for multiple accounts and apps. We partner with Allstar, Octopus Electroverse (Octopus Energy), Paua, and Zap-Map and other Charge Point Providers. Find out more here.

Support for drivers

Mer Customer Service

Our dedicated customer service team provide support for drivers using the Mer public network via phone and email. You can also contact the team through our app. Drivers can contact customer service 24/7, so your charging experience can be as hassle-free as possible.

Driver Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter contains helpful tips and advice regarding the Mer network, including answers to frequently asked questions from drivers and interesting resources regarding EV driving. Sign up to receive the newsletter here.

Driver Resources

As mentioned previously, our YouTube channel hosts tutorial videos for our public chargers, app, and Driver Portal.

Common EV Charging Questions

I have been charged a pre-authorisation fee when using my payment card – why?

For contactless and pay-as-you-charge payments, a holding charge is placed on your card. This is to make sure you have the necessary funds to use our public network. This does not cost you anything and the charge never leaves your bank account, but it may temporarily show as a pending payment. This charge is held by your bank, not Mer, and therefore how long it is held depends upon your bank provider.

What about EV charging connector types – how do I know if my EV has the correct cable for your chargers?

Whether you are looking for a CHAdeMO, CCS or type 2 charge point, you can filter your search by charging type to find the right charge point for your EV in our Driver Portal and our app. You can also filter by speed and currently available charge points.

Find more of our answers to frequently answered questions here.