SEOUL, November 3, 2017 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government will speed up its efforts to expand eco-friendly electric vehicles (EVs) on the roads of Seoul. Following the Declaration of Electric Car Ear in Seoul” announced on September 24, 2017, the city government unveiled its long-term plan to transform Seoul into an electric car-friendly city. According to the plan, it will steadily increase the number of charging infrastructure and that of electric vehicles up to 100,000 by 2025.
“Given the fact that car owners use a car for around 7 to 8 years on average, the plan is focused on more widely applicable measures to spread zero-emission cars and charging facilities,” said the city government.
First, barrier-free charging stations for EVs will be intensively set up throughout the city so that EV-drivers can easily detect, enter and use them without any obstacle. A total of 10 charging stations with 5 to 10 chargers will be built and run 24 hours a day in Seoul by 2019 – two in central Seoul by 2017, four by 2018 and four by 2019. Those charging stations will be linked to chargers installed at highway rest stops for EV-users living in other cities or regions.
Second, more than 1,500 fast-chargers will be installed at easily accessible places such as gas stations, parking lots with a capacity of 200 cars, parking lots at local government buildings, and garages. Around 60 fast-chargers will be added each year at gas stations until more than 500 chargers by 2025. In addition, at least 5 chargers will be set up at each district office buildings, 125 at 200-space parking lots across the city, and 650 at bus and delivery service garages, and transfer stations.
A city government official involved said, “Expanding electric vehicles is the city’s priority job for air quality improvement and the citizens’ health protection. We will continue our efforts to ease an anxiety about charging and remove difficulties that make the citizens reluctant to drive electric cars.” He also asked the citizens, corporate and organizations to purchase electrified vehicles for the environment and future generations, and requested the central government to give more public subsidy to electric car customers.