SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, June 3, 2021 – In an effort to take preemptive measures against the rapidly increasing demand for electric vehicles, Seoul began searching for sites to install 5,000 additional rapid chargers by 2022. For now, the capital of Korea is operating approximately 8,400 chargers within the city, but as the EV demand is expected to increase after the release of many different kinds of new cars, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) endeavors to secure enough charging infrastructure in advance.
There are four types of charging connectors for EVs: rapid, fast, slow, and billing. In this search, Seoul focuses on looking for sites for chargers with rapid, fast, and slow connectors.
The SMG is currently running a squad to scout for ideal places to install EV chargers and accepting voluntary suggestions from its citizens. In the last half of the year, the city government plans to set up a special team to proactively find the site to have 200,000 rapid chargers by 2025. Mayor Oh Se-Hoon has promised to install 5,000 more rapid chargers as his campaign pledge.
After securing spots, Seoul will share information with related authorities to avoid overlapping of charging stations. By doing so, they can achieve effectively scattered installation of the stations at “driving bases (gas stations, restaurants for taxi drivers, etc.)” and “living bases (apartment complexes, offices, etc.).”
Any citizens, corporations, or business owners who want to have a charging station installed in specific apartment complexes, buildings, drivers’ restaurants, or parking lots can download the format from the SMG’s website (https://news.seoul.go.kr/env/) and send it via email or fax.
Lee Dong-Ryul, Director of Climate Change Response Division, said, “Getting ready for a surge in the EV demand and raising the accessibility and convenience for users through preemptive installation of charging infrastructures will enable Seoul to spearhead the distribution of EVs. In addition, we can also lead climate crisis responses by reducing the fine dust in central Seoul.”