SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, September 1, 2021 –To reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will add an additional 270,000 EVs by 2025. The expects that this will advance the arrival of the EV epoch.
Mayor Oh Se-hoon promoted the expansion of electric cars as one of his campaign pledges. He hopes to transform Seoul into a carbon-neutral city by 2050. Carbon neutral cities release netzero GHG emissions.
In July 2021, the number of electric vehicles registered in Seoul was 29,300, representing only 0.9 percent of all registered vehicles. However, if the SMG adds 210,000 more EVs on its road, the figures will increase to 6.6 percent by 2025.
To achieve this goal, the city government plans to raise the supply of new vehicles by 50 percent each year to 175,000 cars by 2025. As part of this plan, approximately 15 percent or 10,000 of all taxis in the capital will be electric by 2025. The SMG also plans to install charging stations at taxi garages.
Additionally, the city will add a total of 3,500 buses to its public bus fleets by 2025. This will make more than 40% of all Seoul buses electric. Starting from 2021, public bus companies are required to purchase only zero-emission vehicles. Older fossil fuel buses will be the first to be replaced by electric ones. The SMG aims to provide electric buses to religious organizations, private companies, and tourist agencies in the near future.
Seoul will add 62,000 electric motorcycles by 2025. In particular, 100% of the 35,000 motorcycles used for delivery services will be replaced with electric motors. In addition, the SMG will add 19,000 electric trucks. 100% of new package delivery trucks will be electric starting in 2022. As for school buses, 20 electric vehicles will operate this year as a pilot program. Seoul said it hopes to achieve a 100% conversion of school buses to electric from 2023.
Historically, Seoul subsidized the sales of electric vehicles. Now, it will add additional incentives by expanding charging infrastructures. By installing 200,000 additional electric charging stations by 2025, Seoul expects that there will be only a five-minute walking distance between the stations, making EV charging convenient for 500,000 new EV owners.
Rapid charging stations will be installed at major transportation hubs, such as parking lots for transit, public, athletic and cultural facilities. In residential and office facilities, slow charging stations will be installed. In particular, the SMG will use resident-priority parking lots to provide charging stations in densely populated areas with inadequate EV infrastructures.
Yoo Yeon-Sik, Director General of Climate & Environment Headquarters, said that to achieve a carbon-neutral transport sector and combat climate change, it is imperative to reduce GHG emissions. He added that transportation accounts for 19.2% of all Seoul’s greenhouse gas emissions. Director Yoo said, “By building more charging infrastructures in advance, the SMG will make a city where electric cars are easy to drive.”