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Case Study – Ultra-Rapid EV Charging for Gateway Cafe

Mer partnered with Gateway Café in South Cerney, Gloucestershire, to future-proof the site with state-of-the-art electric vehicle (EV) charge points.

Gateway Cafe

Client: Gateway Cafe (Relish Group)

Geographical Area: South Cerney, Gloucestershire, England

 

The Background

Gateway Café is located in South Cerney, just off the A419 and opposite the Cotswold Water Park. Situated within beautiful surroundings for walkers, cyclists, bird watchers, and families alike to enjoy, the Café serves locally sourced food and drink daily and can be hired for private events and functions. Vistors can also enjoy pizza from Pizzaria 720, and the Gateway Ice Rink is a popular festive attraction in the winter months.

Gateway Café is run by Relish Group, one of the UK’s leading event caterers. Relish provide catering services for charity galas, cultural festivals, corporate dinner parties, weddings, and more.

Offering EV charging stations demonstrates Relish Group’s commitment to sustainability. It is working towards having a sustainable site at Gateway Café with the introduction of solar panels and off-setting its carbon emissions through planting trees. The Group also recognised that as EVs become more common, having charging facilities will likely become a standard expectation, positioning the Café favourably for future trends. Furthermore, EV owners seeking charging infrastructure are likely to patronise the café while their vehicle charges, bringing in a new customer base.

 

The Project

In April 2023, Mer brought two ultra-rapid Satellite charge points and one fast Alfen charge point to the Café. The site became Mer’s first Kempower hub in the UK and provides high-powered charging for visitors to the Café served by 100% renewable, zero carbon electricity.

The ultra-rapid charge points, which offer maximum charging of 200kW, feature dynamic load balancing, which actively allocates power across up to four EVs simultaneously. This not only improves the charging experience for drivers by increasing the peak charging speed per socket, but also enables more efficient use of the power available at the site.

Adam Guppy, Facilities Manager at Gateway Café, said, “At Gateway Café, we are thrilled with the installation of Mer’s car charging system. Our customers love the convenience and reliability of the charging station, and it has attracted a new wave of environmentally conscious patrons. Partnering with Mer has helped us reach our sustainability goals and reduce our carbon footprint. Their professionalism and expertise are unmatched, and we highly recommend their eco-friendly car charging solutions.”

As part of our customer-centric focus and mission to ensure an excellent user experience, Mer’s chargers have interactive touchscreens and contactless payment, and are situated within wide bays. This makes the charging process as seamless as possible.

The AC charge point accommodates drivers who are spending more time at the Café and therefore have time for a slower charge, as well as those who are unable to use the Combined Charging System (CCS) connectors.

Elizabeth Warren, Interim Director of Public Charging at Mer UK, commented “We have seen the increasing popularity of the Gateway Café grow further with the delivery of our EV charging technology. It was a pleasure to bring charging provision to such a forward-thinking site and help them support their visitors who drive electric. It was also fantastic to see our hard work with Gateway Café recognised on the shortlist for the Charging Destination of the Year award at the 2023 Electric Vehicle Innovation & Excellence Awards.”

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