South Korea’s Jeju Island Will Be Home To 50,000 Electric Cars By End Of 2017
It’s expected that South Korea’s Jeju Island soon will become an electric car heaven.
Before 2014, there were just 850 EVs on the Island. Now the number has increased to 1,500.
The short-term plan is to have 5,000 in 2016 and 50,000 in 2017 on the road to only zero emissions vehicles by 2030! Another 50,000 by that time should be allocated in Seoul.
Roughly $275 million will be spent on infrastructure.
“On Feb. 6, Chairman Kim Dae-hwan of the International Electric Vehicle Expo (IEVE) 2015 Organizing Committee said, “Jeju Island has the best platform as a testbed for electric vehicles. We are planning to construct the whole infrastructure by 2017, investing 300 billion won [US$274.73 million] in Jeju Island.””
“Kim said, “Next year, we are planning to increase the number of electric vehicles in Jeju Province to 5,000 units, and also increase its number to 50,000 units by 2017, surpassing the original plan of 29,000. Considering the current target of Seoul to increase the number of electric vehicles in the city to 50,000 by 2017, together we will usher in the era of 100,000 domestic electric vehicles in the future.”
We are not sure if 50,000 is doable, but it’s good to hear that there is progress being made.