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EV charging infrastructure set to blossom at garden centre

Mer electric vehicle charging

A UK garden centre chain has teamed up with Mer, part of Norwegian renewable energy giant Statkraft, to provide more than 300 electric vehicle charge points at its 39 sites.

The roll out is due to start from September this year and chargers will range from 7kW for hybrid drivers up to a maximum of 250kW.

Most Blue Diamond locations will have four to six bays of flexed rapid charging from a minimum of 50kW up to 150kW depending on the number of bays in use.

Anthony Hinde, Mer managing director Anthony Hinde said:  “Having Mer charge points at Blue Diamond’s garden centres is great news for its EV driving customers and the environment. EV drivers can choose a renewable source of energy to charge their vehicles as they shop. So, they are making the planet greener at the same time as their gardens.”

The second largest garden centre retailer in the UK, Blue Diamond has sites across the whole country. The retailer has implemented measures to help reduce its carbon footprint, such as banning single-use plastics, looking for peat-free alternatives in their compost and bringing its own range of products to market that are non-harmful to the environment.

Alan Roper, managing director of Blue Diamond Group said: "We are delighted to be working with Mer to provide sustainable EV charging on all of our sites across the Blue Diamond group over the next year.

“We are continuously searching for new ways to enhance the experience of our customers and Mer was an excellent fit for our ethos on the installation of charging stations in our car parks – thanks to the supply of 100% green energy to all chargers and a flexible charging option for our customers to use while visiting our centres.”

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