10 Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. EVs Hit Streets Of Seoul City as Taxis

3 years ago by Mark Kane 9

SM3 Z.E. in the fleet of Seoul Taxi Association

SM3 Z.E. in the fleet of Seoul Taxi Association

Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E.

Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E.

A fleet of 10 SM3 Z.E. electric cars began service as taxis in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

Renault Samsung Motors (RSM) announced that it is supporting the Government-backed initiative by loaning ten cars for free to the Seoul Taxi Association.

“Free use of the cars is just part of the campaign, which runs until April 2015. Taxi businesses involved in the scheme will be exempt from tolls through a number of tunnels into the city. They will also be given a 50% discount on parking fees in the city center and will be given free access to the City’s 34 quick chargers, a network that the Korea Environment Corporation has undertaken to expand still further.”

The SM3 Z.E. is an improved version of Renault Fluence Z.E., which has the Chameleon charger borrowed from Renault ZOE. It can charge from 3 to 43 kW AC, while Fluence Z.E. had just a 3 kW charger.

According to Renault’s blog, Renault Samsung Motors had 58% share of the EV market in South Korea last year.

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9 responses to "10 Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. EVs Hit Streets Of Seoul City as Taxis"

  1. offib says:

    A Chameleon charger? Now that is something that the Taxi drivers would adore! Quick charging and it’s a sedan.

    I really do hope the Kangoo would improve its charging time, and the Twizy too. Renault should know by now that 3kWh is far too slow.

  2. Poupou33 says:

    Kangoo will evolve the same way by 2015….

  3. Trace says:

    Is there any way to turn off these annoying popups? I can’t read what’s underneath them. No X on these boxes either.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Ad issue: It seems that our ad host changed the settings on the ads (to be more intrusive) without our consent – which is a big mistake.

      As of now the ad unit has been removed and you should not have any issues anymore.

      1. Cavaron says:

        Thanks! The only ad my european IP seemed to get was a shell-ad. It has been very akward for the past weeks to see an oil companys ad EVERY time I made a klick on a dedicated EV-site.

  4. nero says:

    I wanted to go for the Renault fluence, but 3.3kw is way too slow for me as do 2000 miles monthly

  5. Anon says:

    Samsung Model 3? 😉

    I do like the looks of it. Surprisingly normal for a Japanese – French vehicle.

  6. Priusmaniac says:

    Too bad Renault is not improving on the Fluence instead of cancelling it without even having a new ev sedan to replace it. Big mistake.