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Mer UK signs roaming deal with NewMotion for simpler EV charging

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EV charging specialist Mer is building on its launch into the UK market under a new roaming partnership with NewMotion.

The roaming agreement means customers using the NewMotion or Shell Recharge charge card or app can now charge their EV at 160+ charging points operated by Mer

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 tie-up with Shell subsidiary NewMotion will support this and help ease driver concerns about range anxiety.

The agreement means customers using the NewMotion or Shell Recharge charge card or app can now charge their EV at 160+ charging points operated by Mer.

The deal is part of Mer’s commitment to extending roaming capability for the UK’s EV drivers to make charging as seamless as possible.

UK managing director Anthony Hinde said: “Mer believes that to support the transition for drivers to electric vehicles, we have to make charging as easy, simple and accessible as possible.

“Roaming is a key element to that. We have to help reduce the range anxiety customers feel about switching to EVs, and being tied to individual brands when it comes to charging only exacerbates this issue.

“Instead, as an industry, we have to forge partnerships like this one so drivers can be confident they can charge quickly and easily at any station without needing to carry multiple memberships. We are committed to this and working with numerous partners to execute many such agreements, focusing on the drivers.”

It’s the latest roaming deal for NewMotion, which has now more than 200 roaming partners in Europe and 20 in the UK.

Alan McCleave, regional manager UK and Nordics at NewMotion, commented: “Providing easy access to public charge points via roaming is important for a seamless EV charging experience, lowering the barrier to e-mobility.”

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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. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.