Mer provides charging for Blue Diamond customers
European charging infrastructure brand Mer from the Norwegian renewable energy group Statkraft has entered into an agreement with Blue Diamond to provide over 300 EV charge points at its 39 garden centres across the UK.
The Blue Diamond stores will be able to offer their customers rapid charging at a rate of between at least 50kW and up to 150kW which Mer says will simply depend on the number of bays in use.
According to Mer, customers charging at the bays will not be charged for overstaying their charging session as is sometimes the case in some retail charging destinations. “EV drivers can choose a renewable source of energy to charge their vehicles as they shop. So, they are making the planet greener at the same time as their gardens,” says Anthony Hinde, Mer UK Managing Director.
Mer has seen a fruitful year so far this year. In the UK, the company was included in Paua-led roaming network announced in April this year, and at the begining of this year, Mer acquired UK charging specialist Elmtronics. Owned by Norwegian renewable energy utility Statkraft, Mer only entered the UK charging market in April last year. Also this year, in its home country of Norway, Mer recieved DC- fast-charging columns in large numbers from Kempower.
Alan Roper, Managing Director of Blue Diamond Group said: “Mer was an excellent fit for our ethos on the installation of charging stations in our car parks – thanks to the supply of 100% green energy to all chargers and a flexible charging option for our customers to use whilst visiting our centres.”
The rollout of the Blue Diamond charge points is due to start in September 2022.