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S. Korea building more electric vehicle charging stations as it aims to be carbon neutral by 2050 Updated: 2021-04-28 07:00:43 KST

To expand the charging infrastructure for electric cars in South Korea, auto giant Hyundai Motor recently opened charging stations on major highways across the country.

“Through this ultra-fast 350-kilowatt charging station at a rest stop in Hwaseong City, electric cars can get their batteries up to 80 percent charged in less than 20 minutes."

Even with just 5 minutes of charging, the cars are able to travel up to a hundred kilometers.
Starting April 15th, 12 fast EV charging stations equipped with a total of 72 chargers are being opened at rest stops across the nation.

"Starting with this charging station, Hyundai Motor Group plans to boost the electric car charging situation in South Korea. We hope this will help increase the number of electric cars on the roads."

One driver that uses the facility says he hopes to see more of these charging stations along highways.

"It is convenient because it charges faster than other charging stations."

Rest stops aren't the only places that need more electric car charging stations.
An industry expert says it's also important to have 'slow charging stations' in parking lots in apartment buildings so drivers can charge their cars overnight.

"Slow-charging stations should be located in all apartment complexes. No one should feel guilty about having to charge their car for more than 6 hours, or need to worry about going downstairs to allow other people to use the chargers. What's important is to have the RIGHT kind of chargers in the RIGHT places."

According to a Seoul National University research team, petrol and diesel cars emit about 200 grams of carbon dioxide for each kilometer of travel whereas electric cars only emit about 94 grams.
That amount comes from the carbon emitted manufacturing the electric cars and from producing electricity but even considering this, they still produce fewer emissions.
As of last year, the number of chargers in the country reached 64-thousand.
By 2025, the government plans to have more than 500-thousand chargers in apartment complexes and along highways.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
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