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100,000 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to be Built in Seoul by 2018
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100,000 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to be Built in Seoul by 2018
  • By Cho Jin-young
  • May 14, 2015, 02:30
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People in Seoul will be able to use electric vehicle charging stations in 2 to 3 years, since the Seoul City Government and KT have decided to install 100,000 mobile charging stations for electric cars. Then, the number of charging plugs will far exceed 200,000, which will make charging much easier.

KT announced on May 13 that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Seoul City Government and Powercube to expand its mobile charging infrastructure for electric cars.

As a result, Korea's second-largest mobile carrier is going to install charging stations (charging tags) for electric vehicles on many buildings, including its branches in Seoul. The company will also provide support for creating charging tags using infrastructure for telecommunications and operate mobile charging systems.

The Seoul City Government will offer places for the construction of mobile charging tags under its jurisdiction. Powercube will be in charge of providing and managing mobile charging infrastructure. The Seoul City Government is also planning to install 100,000 charging tags by the end of 2018, and to make Seoul a city with the best charging infrastructure for electric cars.

Unlike fixed charging terminals only installable in specific parking lots, charging tags that KT and the Seoul City Government will make could charge electric vehicles with mobile charging terminals, after charging tags are installed on electrical plugs in a public parking lot. Therefore, it will be possible to use mobile charging terminals without constructing separate charging facilities. Users will be charged for the electricity bill by charging tags on electrical plugs, since tags will be able to recognize users and monitor how much electricity people use in real time.