European electric vehicle (EV) charging company Mer, will install and operate four new EV charging sites at key locations across Eastleigh, Hampshire, to improve access to sustainable and faster charging points.
Eastleigh Borough Council has set out its aim to be carbon neutral by 2025. Installing publicly available charging points to encourage EV adoption is a key component of its Air Quality Action Plan and Climate Change and Environmental Emergency Action Plan.
Anthony Hinde, managing director at Mer UK - Public Charging, says, “Seventy two per cent of local councils are yet to release a strategy for supporting the switch to electric mobility. And many local councils feel unprepared and unsupported for the UK’s transition to electric. Mer is already well-established in Europe, and we are working with local authorities to deliver simple, sustainable, and accessible EV charging solutions across the UK.
“Working with a Borough Council like Eastleigh that is prioritising the planet by tackling climate change and driving EV adoption for residents is an encouraging step forward to meeting 2030 targets.”
The installation of fast, rapid and ultra-rapid chargers complements the slower on-street chargers already installed in Eastleigh, stressed Councillor Rupert Kyrle, Eastleigh’s Cabinet Member for the Environment: “We know that access to charging points and speed of charging are major barriers to more people going electric. The installation of these eight new electric vehicle charging points in four of our car parks will make a big difference to addressing these barriers. We’re excited to be working with Mer to improve access to cleaner, greener forms of transportation in the Borough.”
This phase will see the installation of eight chargers including one ultra-rapid 150kW charger, three rapid 50kW chargers and four dual fast 22kW chargers at four destinations: Romsey Road Car Park, Places Leisure, Channon Retail Park and Chestnut Avenue Retail Park. There are plans for more sites to be included in future phases.