Update on electric vehicle charging points on campus

February 13th, 2024

In 2023, the university invested in installation of new Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points improving availability across our campuses. As highlighted in previous communications, EV drivers will be charged to use any campus EV charge points, charges to use the EV charging points will come into effect from Friday 1 March 2024.

At the same time restrictions around the use of the campus EV points will be updated, as outlined below.

EV Charging Facilities for UoN employees, students and visitors

What will it cost?

It will cost 44p per kWh to use charging points on campus. This has been benchmarked against charge points in other public sector managed car parks in the Nottingham area and will be regularly reviewed to ensure it remains appropriate.

Where are the charge points?

The following EV charge points are available to UoN car park users:

University Park

  • in the main visitor car park (10 points)
  • on Beeston Lane near the Sports Centre (2 points)

Medical School car park (2 points)

Sutton Bonington

  • in the car park opposite the Brewery Science building (6 points)
  • in front of Main Building (2 points)

Jubilee campus

  • opposite Business School South (2 points)
  •  in the UNIP car park (6 points)

King’s Meadow campus 

  • in the short stay staff parking area (2 points)

What restrictions are in place?

All these charge points will be available to use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During core hours of 9.15am to 4pm Monday – Friday the maximum charge time is four hours and then you must move your vehicle to a normal parking space so others can use the charge point.

Please note that UoN permit holders can use the UNIP EV charge points but only when charging their vehicle (subject to the terms of use set out here). UoN permit holders cannot park in the UNIP car park.

During the core hours of 9.15am – 4pm, Monday – Friday, users will need a valid university parking permit, or be a visitor who has paid to park via RingGo or has a Pay and Display ticket.

How do I use the charge points?

To use the new charge points, users will need to download the Mer Connect App and register as a user. You can download the Mer Connect app from Google Play or the App Store.  Payments are collected via your app-based Mer account, you cannot pay at the charge point using a contactless bank card.

You can only see the UoN charge points on Mer’s charge point maps if you have registered and logged into your account as the points are set up as ‘restricted access’.

No additional verification is required to use the Mer charge points so they can be used by all UoN car park users, subject to the terms of use of UoN car parks and the university’s traffic regulations.

For any issues with setting up your account, please email Mer directly at support.uk@mer.eco or call 02038 842 768. The Mer 24/7 support number is provided on the side of all Mer charge points.

EV Charging Facilities for UoN Fleet Vehicle

From Friday 1 March 2024 all other charging points on campus will be for Fleet Vehicles only (UoN Fleet, School Fleet, Estates and Facilities Fleet). This restriction will apply at all times.

This includes the Mer charge points outside UP East Hub in Life Sciences – these charge points have now been deactivated for general use and can only be used by fleet vehicles charging via a UoN charging fob.

For more information about electric vehicle charging at the university, including maps showing charging point locations, please visit our Sustainability webpages.

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