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Gov't to sharply increase EV chargers

All Headlines 17:05 November 08, 2016

SEJONG, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) -- The Environment Ministry said Tuesday that it will drastically improve the nation's insufficient charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) by expanding the number of EV chargers across the nation.

To that end, the number of super and regular EV chargers will be increased from the current 750 and 9,258 to 1,915 and 19,579, respectively, by the first half of next year, the ministry said.

If the plan is completed, the country will have a super charger per 15.1 EVs, similar to Japan which had a super charger per 21.5 EVs as of 2015, according to the ministry.

The improvement of the EV charging infrastructure will lead to a big expansion of the supply of EVs in the country like the United States, Japan and Norway, the ministry said.

Charging times for super and regular chargers are 20-30 minutes and 4-5 hours, respectively.

At present, the Seoul government provide a subsidy of 4 million won (US$3,500) to each EV buyer to help install a personal charger, a policy designed to expand the supply of electric cars in the country.

In the private sector, the Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO), which currently operates 259 super chargers and 873 regular chargers nationwide, will additionally install 353 super chargers by February.

The state-run power monopoly is also pushing for a project to set up EV chargers at apartment complexes nationwide.

A total of 366 apartments applied for the introduction of EV chargers in KEPCO's first applicant acceptance period from Oct. 7-21.

An electric vehicle (EV) charger is set up at an apartment parking lot in Seoul in this photo taken on Aug. 25, 2016, when the EV charging service kicked off at 71 apartment parking lots across the nation. (Yonhap)

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