The installation of Mer’s 100% renewable-powered chargers will improve access to sustainable and faster charging points for EV drivers in Hampshire.
Eastleigh Borough Council has set out its aim to be carbon neutral by 2025. Installing publicly available charging points to encourage EV adoption is a key component of its Air Quality Action Plan and Climate Change and Environmental Emergency Action Plan. Furthermore, in March, the government announced new targets to increase EV chargers to 300,000 by 2030. Mer’s support will be instrumental in enabling the council to meet its own climate goals, as well as helping communities and businesses across the Borough to achieve carbon neutrality.
Anthony Hinde, Managing Director at Mer UK – Public Charging says, “72% of local councils are yet to release a strategy for supporting the switch to electric mobility. And many local councils feel unprepared and unsupported for the UK’s transition to electric. Mer is already well-established in Europe, and we are working with local authorities to deliver simple, sustainable, and accessible EV charging solutions across the UK.
The installation of fast, rapid and ultra-rapid chargers complements the slower on-street chargers already installed in Eastleigh. Councillor Rupert Kyrle, Eastleigh’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said, “We know that access to charging points and speed of charging are major barriers to more people going electric. The installation of these eight new electric vehicle charging points in four of our car parks will make a big difference to addressing these barriers. We’re excited to be working with Mer to improve access to cleaner, greener forms of transportation in the Borough.”
This phase will see the installation of eight chargers including one ultra-rapid 150kW charger, three rapid 50kW chargers and four dual fast 22kW chargers at four destinations: Romsey Road Car Park, Places Leisure, Channon Retail Park and Chestnut Avenue Retail Park. There are plans for more sites to be included in future phases.
To find out more about how Mer is supporting local authorities and public sector bodies with sustainable EV solutions, visit https://uk.mer.eco/ev-local-authorities/