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Korea: Jeju emerging as test bed for EVs

Ray all-electric rental cars are lined up at a charging station on Jeju Island early this year in this file photo.SK Networks is the only company that rents electric cars on the island. / Courtesy of SK Networks

Resort island seeking to become carbon-free by 2030

By Choi Kyong-ae

Global carmakers are looking to Korea’s Jeju Island to test their electric cars as the local government has vowed to make it carbon-free by 2030.

“France-based Mia Electric and Tesla Motors in the U.S. have been contacting us to run a wider range of tests of their electric cars in Jeju,” Kim Young-A, who is in charge of the Smart Grid Division for the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, told The Korea Times by telephone Sunday.

“Multinational electric carmakers seem to be taking aim at Korea and other Asian markets after completing a pilot test project in Jeju.”



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