Best and Worst Places to Recharge Electric Cars in Korea

  • By Lim Kyeong-eop

    January 15, 2022 08:19

    Gyeonggi Province surrounding Seoul has the most rapid charging outlets for electric cars in Korea with 18,610 while the administrative city of Sejong has the fewest with just 814.

    In terms of EVs per charging outlet, Korea's second city of Busan is the worst equipped with 29.4 cars per charging outlet.

    The total number of EV charging outlets has surpassed 70,000, a 38-fold increase from just 2,000 in 2016 and up 60 percent since 2019, according to locator app Soft Berry.

    The number of EVs registered in Korea surpassed 230,000 last year. Overall, Seoul has the largest number of charging outlets at 10,031, followed by Daegu with 5,334, North Gyeongsang Province with 4,766 and South Gyeongsang Province and Jeju Island with 4,719 each.

    A charging outlet in Seoul can serve 23.9 cars on average compared to the national average of 15.3. In other major cities the number also surpasses 20 -- Busan 29.4 cars, Incheon 24.3 cars and Daejeon 23.2 cars. This means it is more inconvenient to charge an EV in big cities.

    It takes four to five hours to fully charge an EV, but a rapid charge takes less than 30 minutes. Rapid-charging stations are usually set up in expressway rest stops and commercial establishments, while slow chargers are usually in residential and office buildings.

    In the capital, Seocho, Gangnam and Gangseo districts have 200 EV charging stations with at least two charging outlets each. But poorer Gangbuk, Gwanak, Jongno, Gwangjin and Dobong have less than 100 stations. Seocho south of the Han River has the best provisions with 289 stations, while the northern suburb of Gangbuk has to make do with a measly 72.

    Starting this year, apartments with at least 100 households are required to set up EV charging stations, compared to 500 households previously. Also, commercial buildings must set up EV chargers for every 50 conventional vehicle parking spaces instead of 100.

    Park Yong-hee at Soft Berry said, "As the overall EV-charging infrastructure improves, the ease of using eco-friendly vehicles is also improving."

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