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EV charging network Mer, which is owned by Europe’s largest renewable energy producer Statkraft, is the latest to go live on Zap-Map’s payment service, Zap-Pay.

Zap-Map has begun rolling out Zap-Pay across Mer’s network of rapid and fast chargers at locations such as public and retail car parks, with more than 120 charge points already live on Zap-Map’s payment service. The remaining Mer chargers will continue to become Zap-Pay enabled in the next few weeks.

The network – which is the fifth to go live on the cross-network payment service – joins live Zap-Pay partners Osprey, ESB Energy, and GeniePoint.

The completed integration will mean that a total of almost 3,000 charging devices across the UK are Zap-Pay enabled.

Zap-Map users can now pay for their EV charging on all five networks, as well as being able to search for charge points, plan longer journeys, and share updates with other EV drivers.

Mer currently operates a network of around 600 fast and rapid public chargers in England stretching from Cumbria to Dorset, and recently strengthened its UK presence with the acquisition of Elmtronics, which supplies and installs EV charge points for workplaces and fleets.

Zap-Pay is an app payment system that uses a credit or debit card to pay for charging, and was launched with a mission to include all the key charge point networks across the UK.

Currently EV drivers have to contend with a range of different payment methods across the various networks.

Alex Earl, commercial director at Zap-Map, said: “I’m very pleased to see Mer going live on Zap-Pay. As a nationwide charging provider with charge points at convenient locations such as car parks, Mer is a valuable addition to the Zap-Pay partner network who will make paying for destination charging that bit easier for Zap-Map users.

“What’s more, thanks to our users, we know that EV drivers want simple solutions to what is currently a complex puzzle. So now more than ever, as electric vehicles approach the mainstream, we need to make sure paying for charging is as simple as possible.

“With this in mind, I’m delighted to say that usage of Zap-Pay has continued to increase significantly, and I look forward to seeing this trend accelerate with Mer now live on Zap-Pay.”

Alex Hinchcliffe, managing director at Mer UK – public charging, said: “Interoperability is absolutely fundamental to facilitate the uptake of electric vehicles.

Integration with Zap-Pay further simplifies the public electric vehicle charging journey, allowing users to plan, navigate, charge and pay in one place. This is core to Mer’s customer centric approach.”