On Friday, December 2 at 4pm at Daegu City Hall’s annex building, the Daegu Metropolitan Government signed an MOU with KEVCS to increase the supply of charging devices for the city’s electric cars.
○ Through the MOU, Daegu will provide the administrative resources needed to establish and operate a more comprehensive electric car charging infrastructure. KEVCS (CEO: Park Gyu-ho) will focus on establishing a charging infrastructure within Daegu that is convenient to use.
○ Founded in 2015, KEVCS is the top electric car charging infrastructure/service provider in the domestic market and a pioneer in the revitalization and supplying of electric cars. The company is currently working to install over 2,000 home chargers nationwide, and has already completed installations of over 100 (public) quick- and slow-charging devices.
○ KEVCS is expecting the MOU to contribute to establishing the foundations for the charging service industry by expanding the market for electric cars.
○ In the near future, KEVCS will be using its own resources to install 15 quick-charging and 10 slow-charging devices at select, highly accessible public facilities in Daegu (large retail stores, department stores, banks, public parking lots, etc.).
○ Through the MOU, the Daegu Metropolitan City hopes to create an infrastructure that allows for electric cars to be charged anytime anyplace, gradually reducing the inconvenience currently experienced by electric car users when trying to charge their vehicles. The recent MOU comes in the wake of a plan adopted by the Daegu Metropolitan City and other governmental organizations earlier this year for the additional installation of chargers around the city.
<Initial plan for the installation of charging devices by December 2016>
- Throughout Daegu: public charging stations at 38 locations (20 quick-charging, 80-slow charging devices)
- KEPCO: open charging stations at 18 locations (20 quick-charging, 14 slow-charging devices)
- Ministry of Environment: (public) quick-charging stations at 12 locations (12 quick-charging devices)
- POSCO ICT: charging stations at 15 locations (2 quick-charging, 16 slow-charging devices)
○ By September 2016 (three months ahead of schedule), the Daegu Metropolitan Government had already achieved its goal of installing 200 charging devices. The city continues to look for ways to promote Daegu citizens’ use of electric cares. In 2017, the city plans to supply 2,000 electric cars to organizations around the city and diversify the car brands supplied. The 2,000 electric vehicles will consist of 1,500 passenger cars and 500 locally-produced 1t electric cargo vehicles. Electric motorcycles will also be provided to different restaurants in the Daegu area.
○ To further expand the use of the eco-friendly electric cars provided and increase their supply, the city has also enacted the <Ordinance for the Promotion of Electric Car Supply and Use>. Under this ordinance, electric car users are exempt from paying tolls (Beomanro, Ipsan Tunnelro) starting from May, and many can also receive a 60 percent discount off public parking fees.
○The South Korean government is also making efforts to promote electric car use and is currently providing a 50 percent discount off the basic charging fee for all electric cars. The government is also preparing to waive highway tolls and introduce an electric car-exclusive license plate system beginning in 2017.
○ Vice Mayor for Economic Affairs Kim Yeon-chang said of these changes, “We will continue our efforts to establish a sufficient charging infrastructure for electric cars in order to realize Daegu as a city of the future and to eliminate any further discomfort experienced by electric car drivers.”