BMW Donates 30 Charging Stations to Jeju Island, South Korea – i3 Sales to Start There Next May

JAN 6 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 8

Jeju Island, South Korea is home to 592,00 people.  At 714 square miles, the Jeju is large by island standards.

BMW i3 to Launch in Korea in 2014

BMW i3 to Launch in Korea in 2014

As part of BMW’s recent efforts to support electric vehicle adoption around the globe, the automaker donated 30 charging stations to Jeju Island.

Of course, BMW wouldn’t have donated those chargers were it not for the looming launch of the i3 in South Korea.  BMW says the i3 will land there in May 2014.

In donating those chargers to South Korea, BMW becomes the first automaker to support the nation in that way.  Never before has an automaker donated chargers directly to South Korea, so we applaud BMW for being first.

Korea Times reports that the donated chargers will be “installed in apartment complexes, resort areas and restaurants so that owners of EVs can easily recharge their vehicles.”

For Jeju, electric vehicles are seen as critical to maintaining the islands environment, especially since it’s considered one of the world’s Seven Wonders of Nature.  Jeju Island aims to be totally emissions free by 2030.

There's Jeju Island

There’s Jeju Island

Source: Korea Times

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8 Comments on "BMW Donates 30 Charging Stations to Jeju Island, South Korea – i3 Sales to Start There Next May"

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That seems an odd marketing strategy: If 30 chargers are required for the island, how many chargers has BMW donated to mainland South Korea?

What sort of charge station? CHAdeMO?

Mini EVs? Seeing Mini logo next to BMW on charger poster.

Not seeing any connecting cords, or plugs. (wireless?)
Any clarification if these are AC, or DC chargers?

Jeju Island currently has 500 charging stations and has been identified as an ideal location for EV adoption. The addition of an additional 30 Combo charging stations on such a small island preparing for the launch of the i3 is a smart move by BMW.

But BMW is not alone in Korea. As of August, GM laid out their plans to design and implement their own Combo Charging units in Korea which has no EV charging infrastructure to support the Spark EV.

Based on an article by BusinessKorea –

“American and European companies seem to be joining forces to prevent Japan’s market dominance. “

“Korea which has no EV charging infrastructure to support the Spark EV” … even though the Spark EV is manufactured in Korea. Very strange.

Not strange at all for GM and German manufacturers “seem to be joining forces to prevent Japan’s market dominance”, and that means slowing down CHAdeMO.

There are lots of CHAdeMO stations around.

“Jeju Island, South Korea is home to 592,00 people.”

How many? Our European readers would wonder why we are talking about potential fractional people.

They haven’t even scratched the surface in the USA (actually, it appears abandoned) with the GM / German car maker Frankenpkug DC chargers.

I guess a tiny island with few people is their foothold in the world?