The AA is switching selected patrol vans to EVs as it continues to decarbonise its business. These e-vans are parked overnight at drivers’ homes, so the company turned to EV charging provider Mer to install reliable and user-friendly home charging infrastructure.
The AA also required EV chargers that were compatible with Mina Homecharge. This is a software platform which ensures that employees don’t pay for charging work vehicles at home, as the employer is billed directly.
Simon Ungless, group fleet manager for the AA said: “For our roll-out of electric patrol vans we needed a partner who could make the entire process simple and hassle-free for our drivers. Mer is able to provide an end-to-end solution, from procurement and installation to service and repair. Every installation to date, including my own, has been very smooth and straightforward.”
Emma Spark, head of business charging for Mer, said: “We are extremely proud to be supporting the AA’s roll-out of all-electric first response vehicles. While this is an ongoing process, we are already working with other elements of the AA to look at further expanding our relationship.”
Mer installs 7kW chargers at the homes of AA van drivers, enabling them to fully recharge the vehicles overnight. The smart charger also integrates with Mina Homecharge. In addition, AA drivers can access Mer’s public charging network via the Mer Connect app.
Mer is one of the largest EV charging providers in Europe and is owned by Statkraft, Europe’s biggest producer of renewable energy. In the UK Mer provides workplace, destination and home charging, as well as operating a growing public charging network.
Emma added: “Mer understands the EV charging procurement and installation process from start to finish. Our expertise coupled with our position as an independent provider enables us to go above and beyond a standard installation for the AA. We were able to supply the right charging infrastructure for its drivers, while also providing additional integration capabilities for the AA as a business.”