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Seoul Rolls Out Electric Cars – Korea Real Time – WSJ

Wall Street Journal/Kyong-Ae Choi
A user of the Kia Ray electric car moves to charge it with a high-speed charger in an outdoor charging station near Seoul.
If Seoul’s government has its way, electric cars will soon be tooling around the city.

In an innovative step to alleviate traffic jams and improve air quality, the metropolitan government is making electric cars available for rent throughout Seoul under its “Electric Vehicle Sharing” program, which started May 9. Registered drivers can book a Kia Ray EV online for 6,000 won ($5) an hour. Drivers can pick up their rental car at any of the unmanned parking lots across the city. Charging is free and the rental expenses include insurance costs.

“Car sharing will help ease traffic congestion and environmental pollution given that vehicles are responsible for 58% of air pollutants,” Lee No-seong, deputy director of the Seoul government’s green transportation policy team, told Korea Real Time.

Mr. Lee added the program will give Seoul residents a chance to experience all-electric cars, which they haven’t had access to because of high prices and the lack of charging stations.



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