European electric vehicle (EV) charging company Mer is strengthening its UK presence to offer a full-service solution to businesses, workplaces and fleets following its recent acquisition of Elmtronics.
Elmtronics is a supplier and installer of EV charging points for workplaces and fleets with a 3,000-strong customer base including Asda, Fedex, Octopus Energy, BMW and the London Ambulance Service.
Taking the first step this month, Mer is rebranding all Elmtronics charging stations and facilities, resulting in the company’s charge points moving to the Mer charging network. This will enable Mer to expand its existing public and private EV charge point network with a particular focus on the fleet and workplace markets in the UK.
Backed by Statkraft, Europe’s largest renewable energy producer, Mer’s mission is to make sustainable electric mobility easy and accessible for everyone. It operates in five European countries, with more than 1,000 DC chargers and over 19,000 AC chargers in Norway, Sweden, UK, Germany and Austria.
Elmtronics’ charge point back-office network, Hubsta, is being upgraded to the Mer network to offer an improved user experience for commercial use. Currently, 15,000 drivers use the Hubsta network. The move will allow for further investment in the back-office software, drawing on the two companies’ expertise in driver and operator portals for commercial customers.
New features including a booking system for drivers, charger load management and dedicated fleet management modules are planned. In addition, existing Hubsta users will now also have access to an additional 530 public EV charge points from Mer.
“It’s great to see the integration of Elmtronics into Mer beginning to benefit customers,” said Dan Martin, managing director – fleet and workplace charging, Mer UK. “As Mer, we will be offering our business customers more choice, a larger network and improved services and we will continue to invest to further support commercial businesses looking to establish EV fleets in the UK.
“Over the last 12 months we have seen a 44% year-on-year growth in demand for charging infrastructure as the industry shifts to more sustainable practices . To be able to make the transition to EV fleets effectively, companies need the appropriate charging infrastructure. I believe that this acquisition provides us with enhanced expertise to directly address the key barriers in EV adoption and we look forward to driving this change.”