Mer and IKEA are set to build one of Germany’s largest EV charging networks

  • Mer and IKEA to deploy 1,000+ EV charging points, establishing Mer as a major player in the German market.
  • Collaboration supports EU green directives, focusing on CO2 reduction and sustainability, with all charging points using 100% renewable energy.
  • Beyond Germany, Mer and IKEA expand their joint charging infrastructure, emphasizing a worldwide commitment to sustainable electric mobility.

Mer and IKEA continue their partnership, promising 1,000+ charging points over three years

Over the next three years, Mer aims to deploy an extensive network of more than 1,000 EV charging points across 54 IKEA stores and locations in Germany. This move positions Mer as a formidable player in the German market, marking a pivotal moment in its pursuit of a robust standing in the evolving EV sector.

The collaboration aligns seamlessly with the European Union’s environmental directives, notably the green agreement and “Fit for55.” This spotlights a concerted effort to curtail CO2 emissions stemming from the transportation sector.

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Kristoffer Thoner, CEO, Mer, stated:

“Electric mobility plays a crucial role in the fight against climate change, as it will significantly reduce current CO2 emissions from transport. This is firmly rooted in the EU’s green agreement and “Fit for55″. Our ambition has always been to make sustainable electric mobility easy and accessible for everyone – also in Europe.

The core ethos revolves around facilitating the seamless integration of sustainable practices into the everyday lives of European citizens. At the heart of this collaboration lies a shared commitment to sustainability between Mer and IKEA. 

Walter Kadnar, Managing Director and Chief Sustainability Officer of IKEA Germany, commented:

“We are proud to make electric mobility accessible to even more people with the newly emerging charging network. 

At IKEA, we want to improve people’s everyday lives. This includes finding ways to make it as easy as possible for them to make more sustainable choices. The charging points that we are creating with our partner Mer will be available for delivery vehicles as well as for our employees, customers and all-electric car drivers.”

All are powered by 100% renewable energy with guarantees of origin. The rollout kicks off in spring 2025, with expansion plans contingent on demand. Importantly, this collaboration extends beyond Germany, with Mer and IKEA having previously announced a joint charging infrastructure partnership in the United Kingdom in spring 2023. This is a strategic move towards fostering last-mile charging infrastructure on a significant scale in the region.

This initiative is one of several destination charging partnerships we’ve seen in 2024. Major stores such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco have been expanding their EV offerings in the UK. These partnerships are an incredibly positive step for EV adoption, as companies endeavour to bing the infrastructure to the drivers.

Otto Loserth, Managing Director, Mer in Germany, added:

“We are very pleased to be able to assist IKEA in their ambitious sustainability goals. 

Together we combine the Scandinavian heritage by appreciating nature and taking care of it. More of their holistic view of electric mobility, user-friendliness and sustainability goes hand in glove with IKEA’s goal of becoming a climate-positive company/company with a positive carbon footprint.”

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