Public EV Charging


The electric transportation industry is growing rapidly. By the end of 2021, more than 1/4 of new cars sold in the UK were battery EVs. With 1.8 million electric vehicles (EVs) in Britain as of June 2022, the country’s public charging infrastructure needs to keep up with the demand for EVs over the coming years.


The Government is depending on local leadership to support the UK’s transition to zero emission vehicles with charge point delivery, but progression is lacking. Our guide is designed to help public bodies get started with EV infrastructure.

Only 78% of homeowners have access to off-street parking. Public charging is fundamental for encouraging those without access to off-street parking to see electric transportation as a viable option for them. 

The Government envisions access to reliable public charge-points as a prerogative for everyone, charge point inclusivity, and accessible on and off-street charging for private and commercial drivers.

What's inside?

UK EV infrastructure in 2022

At the end of July, there we almost 33,300 total charging devices across the UK. The Government expects the number of public chargers to grow to 300,000 by 2030. Get to grips with where the UK is currently at in meeting charging needs.

Learning from other councils

Mer has worked with local authorities and public sector bodies across the country, introducing and developing EV charging infrastructure to their portfolio to support their sustainability targets. Our guide shares some core learnings from their experiences so far.

Council toolkit

Published 13 April 2022, the UK Government’s ‘Zero emission fleets: local authority toolkit’ outlines the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles that carry out council services. 

5 steps for getting started

From funding, to finding a CPO, to choosing the right infrastructure locations, to selecting the right maintenance contracts and Service Level Agreements, check out our 5 steps for getting started with EV infrastructure.

Charging with Mer

We seek to remove the friction in the electric mobility experience – developing clear, suitable solutions that help make the move to EV easy. We aim to offer you a professional service that feels simple and suitable. Find out more about our offering.

Successful ORCS applications


Homeowner off-street parking availability



Offer ‘better charging’ by working with a customer focused EV charging partner.

Mer has worked with local authorities and public sector bodies across the country, introducing and developing EV charging infrastructure to their portfolio to support their sustainability targets.

Discover core learnings from UK local authorities in our latest guide.


Durham County Council’s public EV infrastructure was in desperate need of upgrading, with less than 50% public chargers functional in 2019.


With goals such as maximising ultra low carbon vehicle replacement within the Council fleet and investigating the development of small-scale ‘park & ride’ hubs with access to EV charging points, Dorset Council needed to drive investment in EV charging accessibility.

east devon

East Devon District Council are aiming to reach carbon neutrality by 2040. In 2020, the Council trialled specially-modified electric vans in its street-cleaning fleet; to support this shift, they required charging infrastructure.

Tracey Millmore, Ev Project Officer, Durham County Council

"My advice would be to ensure communication is key when installing EV charge points. Build a relationship with your installer, your DNO providers and internal areas of council services such as land and property, procurement, legal, parking and highways team." 

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