The Seoul Metropolitan Government will be supplying the city with eco-friendly and convenient electric scooters beginning from this year, releasing 500 scooters on a yearly basis until 2025 for a total of 4,700 scooters.
This move is anticipated to contribute to the improvement of air quality with the scooters’ motor-free design, safe from air-pollutant emissions including that of fine particulates.
Electric scooters simply require four hours of charging using any household electric outlet and do not need a separate charger as is necessary for electric cars.
Scooters operate for a distance of 40km once fully charged and run at 1/10 the yearly fuel needed for scooters with engines, making for a very economic design.
Since the 2nd of last March, the Ministry of Environment decided to expand upon regular inspections from large scooters to manufactured and registered small to medium scooters (50cc~260cc) from January 1, 2018, in order to reduce fine pollutant particle emissions. Electric scooters also have the benefit of operating quietly without the emission of exhaust.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is receiving applications for 450 scooters from individuals, businesses and public institutions starting from Monday, April 9, for business ideas regarding the public provision of electric scooters.
Applicants must either be individuals above 16 years of age residing in Seoul, businesses with a place of operation, delivery operations, public institutions or local public enterprises. Funding will be provided to applicants on a first come, first served basis.
For detailed information regarding applicant requirements and qualifications, method of application and more, please refer to the public announcements on the Seoul Metropolitan Government website (http://www.seoul.go.kr).
Electric scooters selected for provision are categorized as a class-6 vehicle after having been accredited through the Ministry of Environment provisions assessment and will be a supplied a scaled stipend of KRW 2.3 – 3.5 million per scooter.
Compact scooters will receive KRW 2.3 million, small scooters, KRW 2.5 million and medium to large scooters, KRW 3.5 million, while compact and small scooters will be eligible for an additional funding of KRW 200,000 during purchasing following the scrapping of the previously-used scooters.