January 26, 2011
On 25 January 2011, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) announced the successful testing and opening of electric vehicle charging stations across the major transport route between Seoul and Daejeon.
The successful testing and opening of the charging stations mark a significant point in the progression towards public acceptance of electric vehicles. Korea is a global leader in electric vehicle development. Hyundai and Renault Samsung plan to release a commercially viable production models by 2012.
However, like many countries, Korea faces ongoing challenges with infrastructure to support further development, which has reduced public preparedness to accept electric vehicles as a viable alternative. The successful testing and opening of electric vehicle charging stations across the major transport route between Seoul and Daejeon thus represents a significant step. Early public uptake of electric vehicles will ensure that Korea maintain its leadership in the sector.