As part of the agreement, Mer pinpointed the optimal locations for additional charge points such as the new King’s sports centre at Honour Oak Park, South London.
Mer swapped out older infrastructure for smart chargers that can be networked and easily managed via the Mer Connect platform.
This gives the sustainability team full visibility of who is using the chargers and when, as well as providing data on the carbon saved compared to using diesel vehicles.
The Mer Connect portal enables clients to manage individual or multiple sites, providing real time information on carbon savings, charger status and energy usage.
It also allows site managers to set multiple tariffs for different use cases – for example, free charging for fleet vehicles, subsidised charging for employees, and a higher rate for visitors.
Drivers can access the charge points via the Mer Connect app.
Alexandra Hepple, sustainability officer at King’s College London, said the university has purchased 100% of its electricity from UK wind energy since October 2017.
She added, “We have our own growing EV fleet and increasingly our contractors also use electric vehicles, leading to higher demand for charging.
“Mer has done a fantastic job of creating a charging network that suits our needs today and also enables us to expand in years to come.”
Stevie Jones, Associate Consultant for Fleet and Workplace Charging at Mer, said, “King’s was an early adopter of EV charging, but those older chargers were very limited in terms of the information they could provide.”