Mer and Allstar clinch roaming deal
Mer has signed a roaming deal with Allstar Business Solutions that will add more than 160 charge points to the Allstar charging network.
It’s the latest work by Mer to tackle range anxiety and fill in gaps in the UK charging infrastructure ahead of the 2030 ICE ban.
Mer, part of Norwegian energy giant Statkraft, announced its launch into the UK in April 2021, focused on helping to solve the EV infrastructure gap – including in workplaces.
The business, which has years of experience building out EV infrastructure in Norway, Sweden, Germany and has now turned its hand to the UK, is focused on working with businesses and local authorities to serve underserved areas and help meet the estimated 400,000 public chargers needed by 2030.
Mer UK managing director Anthony Hinde commented: “We’re delighted to have agreed this partnership with Allstar. Together we will help reduce the concerns EV drivers have about finding somewhere convenient and accessible for them to charge-up.
“As the country scales up its charging infrastructure, partnerships like this one will be key to serving motorists in a frictionless way.”
Paul Holland, managing director of UK duel at Allstar parent firm Fleetcor UK, added: “There has been some clear momentum gained in the electric vehicle movement in recent times. By partnering with Mer, we are both helping the UK’s fleets to make the switch to EV seamlessly, with increased convenience for charging sites, as well as reducing range anxiety as we continue to add more charging points to our growing network.”
The deal follows hot on the heels of Mer’s roaming partnership with NewMotion; all part of its vision of an open and accessible charging network to all EV drivers. It’s also formed alliances with the AA, helping EV drivers to get better customer support, and joined the Scaling-on-Street Charging Infrastructure project (SOSCI) to install charging points in the North of England.
Statkraft recently debuted on the European EV charging market with the newly created brand Mer, a consolidation of its EV charging businesses – including previous UK operations Gronn Kontakt – under a single identity.
Mer aims to become a European leader in sustainable EV charging, with a focus both on using renewable energy as the source of power, and on creating the best experience possible for EV drivers.