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Jeju seeks to become zero car emission island by 2030

SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) — Jeju Island, equipped with some of the most comprehensive electric vehicle charging infrastructure in South Korea, has set its sights on becoming a zero car emissions zone by 2030.

The province, a popular tourist destination for both South Koreans and foreigners, said it is aiming for all vehicles on the island to be electric by the target year.

“Jeju already provides the most support in the world for those wanting to buy electric cars, and this stance, along with concerted efforts to develop the recharging infrastructure, will allow the ambitious goal to be met,” Kang Dong-woo, section chief at provincial administration’s smart grid office, said.

He said the province is pushing to increase the number of electric vehicles (EV) by more than 500 in 2014, with the number of slow and fast-charging vehicles to be increased by 500 and 21, respectively.
The official pointed out that a person living on Jeju, located off South Korea’s southwestern coast, can receive 23 million won (US$21,500) from the central and regional governments if he or she buys an EV, easing the burden of purchasing a zero emission vehicle.

Kang said that while a detailed study on how the island will expand its recharging infrastructure will be carried out within the year, the goal is to get regular gas stations to provide electric fast-charging services down the line.


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