SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, December 24, 2021 – Seoul decided to install 592 EV charging stations in major public parking lots by the first half of next year. Public parking lots owned and managed by district offices will be the first target of this plan.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will fund approximately KRW 12.1 billion to complete the installation, and district offices will be in charge of the installation work. The SMG’s goal is to make public parking lots serve as charging hubs and preemptively respond to meet the charging demand.
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Seoul aims to establish 5-minute charging networks and add 270,000 EVs and 200,000 charging stations by 2025.
This year’s goal was to install 12,000 charging stations. Once completed, Seoul will have 20,000 stations by the end of this year. This means Seoul can charge 100,000 EVs. As of the end of October 2021, there were 35,000 EVs registered in the capital.
The city government plans to ensure that more than 40% of additional stations are rapid chargers. Thus, the newly-added 592 stations will consist of 261 rapid charging stations and 331 slow charging stations.
At least one charger per parking lot will be “convenient chargers” for persons with reduced mobility. The “convenient chargers” have a wider gap between the charger and parking space, increasing the accessibility for wheelchair users. In addition, the screen and charging gun of the charger are below the typical height for the convenience of wheelchair users.
As for the bus, the SMG will subsidize 39 city and village bus companies that have introduced electric buses. It will support the installation of 98 rapid charging stations exclusive to electric buses by the end of this year. City and village buses are inseparable from Seoul citizens’ daily lives. Therefore, Seoul will ensure the stable operation of electric buses.
Support for electric buses will be just the beginning. The SMG will support the installation of rapid chargers in taxi companies and logistics centers to promote commercial EVs in sectors closely related to citizens’ lives.
“The transition to the EV era requires enough charging stations,” said Yoo Yeon-Sik, Director General of Climate & Environment Headquarters of Seoul. “By introducing charging stations customized for each place and vehicle, we will remove charging ‘dead zones’ and induce more people to ride EVs.”