The Ministry of Environment selected and announced five local governments -- Seoul, Changwon, Gwangju,
Yeonggwang and Jeju -- as leading cities for distribution of electric vehicles (EVs). The ministry will make
assessment of three distribution models, presented by the above cities and spread them to the whole nation.
[Three EV Distribution Models]
○ Urban type (Seoul, Changwon, Gwangju): It is suitable for urban areas, where a driving route is short and
traffic jam is heavy. For example, electric vehicles and charging facilities can be installed in park-and-ride
lots and public parking lots so that citizens can share them. Also, buses can be replaced by electric buses
so as to improve air quality of urban areas.
○ Tour type (Jeju): It is aiming at ‘carbon free tour’, linking to the public transportation of tourist spots. At the
airports and railroad stations in sightseeing cities such as Jejudo and Gyeougju, tourists can rent an
electric rental car.
○ Neighborhood type (Yeonggwang): It is suitable for a specific small areas such as amusement parks and
rural areas. For example, electric cars can be used for patrolling or providing information at parks and
airports. Also, electric vehicles can be distributed to the elderly and the disabled.
Seoul plans to make a system by which citizens can share electric vehicles from this year and distribute electric
buses and taxes. Also, Changwon-si will distribute electric vehicles mainly to public organizations this year and
lay them at railway stations and express bus terminals so that business travelers can share them. Gwangju-si
will let citizens experience driving electric vehicles at tourist attractions and test drive them at the Urban
Environmental Accord, which is held from October 11 to 18, 2011. Yeonggwang will distribute electric vehicles to
small towns and islands for patrolling and helping the weak and the elderly. And Jeju-si plans to distribute
electric vehicles for being used as rental cars. As the number of rental cars in Jeju is about 12,000, the distribution
effect is expected to be considerable.
The five leading cities will become core cities for developing and improving related institutional groundwork. With
regard to this, the Ministry of Environment will sign an MOU with the five local governments and promote selecting
additional leading cities this year to develop more distribution models.