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Mer to provide EV roaming solution to Paua fleet customers

EV charging specialist Paua has teamed up with Mer to simplify charging for its fleet customers.

Business drivers using the Paua electric fuel card solution are now able to access more than 160 charge points operated by Mer

Business drivers using the Paua electric fuel card solution are now able to access more than 160 charge points operated by Mer, enabling fleets to expand beyond their depots with increasing confidence.

Under the arrangement, Paua’s mobile app fleet drivers can find, charge and pay at Mer’s EV chargers at any site across the UK.

It’s one of a series of roaming agreements that Mer has already signed this year – including recent ones with Allstar and New Motion – to further its ambitions to help create an open and accessible EV charging network in the UK.

The business – owned by Norwegian renewable energy giant Statkraft – announced its launch into the UK in April 2021, focused on helping to solve the EV infrastructure gap – including in workplaces.

Mer managing director Anthony Hinde said: “A core requirement in meeting the demand for EV charging across the UK is going to be roaming agreements, to minimise hassle for both fleet and private motorists.

“For that reason, we are delighted to have signed this deal with Paua – because the success of the UK’s EV industry is going to need e-mobility start-ups like Paua to continue to succeed and innovate.”

The partnership is also the first of many collaborations planned by Paua to support its work with fleets.

Founded by former utility director Niall Riddell, previously head of electric vehicles at EDF Energy and smart systems innovation director at SSE Enterprise, the business has developed its digital Electric Fuel Card, providing single access to public EV charging  linked to a corporate credit card.

Niall Riddell said: “We want to enable fleets and business drivers to have confidence in their public charging as they extend their electric fleets beyond depot charging. Mer is an excellent partner for us with their commitment to establishing a more accessible and effortless experience, and so creating a smoother transition for British EV drivers.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.