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New EV charging network Mer UK links with NewMotion

Drivers using the Shell or NewMortion charge card or app can now use the charge points operated by recent UK entrant Mer.

Owned by Statkraft, which claimed to be Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, Mer has more than 160 charge points in the UK, focused on getting charging into areas of high usage including businesses, organisations, key retail locations and local authorities.

“Providing easy access to public charge points via roaming is important for a seamless EV charging experience, lowering the barrier to e-mobility,” said Alan McCleave, Regional Manager UK and Nordics at NewMotion. “To provide for this we currently collaborate with over 200 roaming partners in Europe and 20 in the UK, including Mer.”

Semiconductors shortage to cause new car disruption through rest of 2021

The shortage of semi-conductors in car production is expected to last through to at least the end of this year, according to Deloitte.

“Manufacturers have responded so far by employing a variety of tactics to minimise both near- and long-term damage,” said Deloitte automotive director and head of electric vehicles Jamie Hamilton. “This includes shifting assembly to more in-demand products, bypassing the installation of some parts and modules until a later date, and securing alternate sources of semi-conductor supply.”

Car manufacturers have also significantly reduced production forecasts, cut hours and idled factories.

Hitachi boss appointed BVRLA vice-chair

Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions managing director Jon Lawes has been appointed vice-chair of the Jon Lawes Hitachi 2020British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association for the next 12 months. Lawes has served on the BVRLA Committee of Management for the past six years, and was sworn in at the organisation’s annual AGM late last month.

‘I’m honoured to be representing HCVS at this level,” he said. “I’ve learnt a great deal from my time on the Committee of Management and see this position as a great opportunity to accelerate solving society’s challenge to decarbonise and overcome barriers to electrification, the biggest of which being confidence in our UK charging infrastructure.”

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