The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to introduce some 30,000 electric vehicles (i.e. buses, taxes and cars) by 2014.
On July 27, the Government announced the Electric Vehicle Master Plan 2014, a key element of its vision of joining the ranks of leading cities in the distribution of electric vehicles.
Under the master plan, the Government will introduce a total of 30,000 electric vehicles (400 buses, 1,000 taxis and 28,600 cars), 10,000 electric motorcycles, and 8,000 power-recharging devices, as well as providing diverse incentives designed to encourage ordinary people to take part in the initiative.
The Government plans to replace motorcycles and trucks used by home delivery services, which have been singled out as the main culprits behind noise and air pollution in residential areas, with electric-powered ones by stages.
The number of motorcycles used by restaurants and newspaper delivery people is estimated to be 20,000. The aim of the project is to replace half of them by 2014 and the rest by 2016.
To ensure the smooth operation of the electric vehicles, the relevant businesses will be made to provide power- recharging facilities for their electric buses and taxis. In addition, the Government plans to install more than 8,000 power recharging devices in public parking lots by 2014.
The plan requires that it should be possible to recharge an electric vehicle within 5 minutes, using one of a total of 126 quick recharging devices to be installed in public facilities throughout the city by 2014.
The Government expects that this plan will go a long way towards assisting the development of new growth business sectors and job creation, as well as reducing exhaust gas emissions and transportation costs.