Old Phone Booths Become E-Car Recharging Stations

  • By Kim Bong-kee

    July 15, 2016 12:38

    Unwanted public phone booths are being transformed into recharging stations for electric vehicles.

    The Environment Ministry said Thursday that it has turned nine phone boxes into recharging stations in cooperation with KT Linkus, a subsidiary of telecom KT which manages the public booths. They will set up 20 more every year starting from next year. 

    Three are in Seoul, one in Gyeonggi Province, three in Daegu and two in South Jeolla Province. They became available Friday and charges W313.1 per kilowatt (US$1=W1,138).

    KT Linkus has been turning phone booths that are no longer needed since the spread of smartphones into recharging stations on a trial basis since last year.

    The new stations can recharge a car in just 25 to 30 minutes while conventional recharging stations take three to five hours. Parking spaces are also available.

    Other unwanted phone booths have been turned into emergency call booths, ATM machines and even small lending libraries.

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