SEOUL, September 15, 2017 – Those driving an electric vehicle (EV) in Seoul will be soon relieved from worries about charging their car. The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced to install additional sixty high-power fast-charging units for electric cars at gas stations throughout the city by the end of this year.
Up to now, a total of 207 public fast-charging units have been built in Seoul. If the plan is implemented by the end of this year, the total number of fast-charging units in the city will reach at least 250. The plan of the SMG is to secure as many places as possible out of a total of 553 gas stations in Seoul where have an adequate separation distance between an oil storage tank and a charging unit, which is at least six meters.
As charging infrastructures are increasing, the number of EVs is also expected to increase. As of the end of 2016, the number of registered EVs in Seoul was 1,994 in total. The SMG estimates that the number will increase to 3,600 by the end of 2017, and to 6,300 by 2018.
According to the plan, the gas station owners who join in the city government’s effort to install the fast-charging units will be given up to 30 million won ($ 26,400) per unit as a financial grant. It is about 75 percent of the total expenses to be spent to install one unit, which amounts to approximately 40 million won ($ 35,200). Those who are interested and secure the spot can apply for the grant to the KEA or the Climate and Air Quality Management Division at the SMG. Those who get the grant are required to provide EV-charging services for at least two years.
The application will be accepted in order of application to November 30, 2017. If the applications reach sixty that accomplish the goal for this year, the application will be closed within the period.
It was true that insufficient charging stations were one of the chief obstacles to the popularization of EVs. To tackle with this problem, the SMG will continue its efforts to increase more infrastructures for EVs, an eco-friendly mode of transportation to improve air quality and decrease greenhouse effects. In addition to the fast-charging unit installation, it will build a public EV-charging station equipped with 10 fast-charging units in the near future.