SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, January 13, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government said it had completed the additional installation of 200 rapid chargers for electric vehicles at major public parking lots throughout the city in 2020 alone in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and the Korea Electric Power Corporation. As a result, Seoul currently has a total of 789 rapid chargers for electric vehicles. Such a scheme is to encourage citizens to use more eco-friendly vehicles while increasing ease of use for the citizens who drive electric cars.
Sixty rapid chargers out of 200 have been installed directly by the Seoul Metropolitan Government or the private sector that received support from the city government. Among them, 51 chargers (85 percent) were installed at 17 public parking lots of the subway stations or autonomous district office complexes.
In addition, the rapid chargers were installed at public facilities of Seoul City Hall and other government organizations and public garages so that electric vehicle users can conveniently charge their cars.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government said they conducted a survey to reflect the citizens’ ideas about the installation locations and hear what makes them inconvenient or uncomfortable when driving electric vehicles.
According to the survey, more than half of the respondents said they usually charge their electric car near the places where they live. When asked where they desire charging stations to be installed in addition to their residence, 35 percent of the respondents answered, “major public parking lots.” As to the biggest obstacles to purchasing electric vehicles, they responded, “lack of charging stations” and “slow charging speed.”
Based on the survey results, the Seoul Metropolitan Government installed 29 rapid chargers at 13 locations, including 12 public parking lots, by supporting the private sector. Under the relevant ordinance, those who use an electric vehicle charger at a public parking lot get one- hour parking fees exempted. The city government plans to support the private sector to install more than 20 rapid chargers this year.
Second, the city government will install additional rapid chargers at the Seoul City Hall Seosomun Annex Complex and public garages, including the one in the Songweoldong neighborhood, as well as Jungnang-gu Office Complex. By doing so, the city will directly operate 29 rapid chargers in total at 17 places. Those chargers can be used for free for a certain period to ease the burden of electric car users.
Third, Seoul created “intensive charging stations” at five public parking lots in the neighborhoods of Gangnam-gu, Gwangjin-gu, Mapo-gu, Seocho-gu, and Jung-gu, and installed a total of 25 rapid chargers last year. At the intensive charging stations, citizens can use the rapid chargers 24 hours a day without waiting. Each intensive charging station has more than three rapid chargers. One of the intensive charging stations in Seoul is “Yangjae Solar Station” that operates six rapid chargers in total. Forty and more electric vehicles are using this station daily.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to build additional 24 rapid chargers at eight locations within this year by inviting autonomous districts to join its efforts.
Meanwhile, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will begin the “Slow Charger Installation Support Program” this year in a bid to provide support for the installation of a total of 100 slow chargers at parking lots of apartment complexes and officetels. The installation will be made based on the applications from the residents.
For this program, the city government will inject its budget, apart from the Ministry of Environment’s “Electric Vehicle Slow Charger Support Program.” The city’s additional support plan is expected to ease the inconvenience of electric vehicle users since the chargers are installed the citizens’ residential areas.
Cho Wan-seok, Director of Climate Change Response at the city government, said, “Now we have a total of 789 public rapid chargers in Seoul by continuously expanding the electric vehicle charging infrastructures.” He added that the city government will hear the citizens’ diverse opinions so as to create a better environment for charging eco-friendly vehicles. “Such an effort will contribute to increase electric cars on the road and also reducing fine dusts and greenhouse gases.”