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Seoul, Korea Introduces Electric Carshare

As of May 24, 15,000 Seoul residents, mainly in their 20s and 30s, have registered for the program.

Published: 29-May-2013

If Seoul’s government has its way, electric cars will soon be tooling around the city.

In an innovative step to alleviate traffic jams and improve air quality, the metropolitan government is making electric cars available for rent throughout Seoul under its “Electric Vehicle Sharing” program, which started May 9. Registered drivers can book a Kia Ray EV online for 6,000 won ($5) an hour. Drivers can pick up their rental car at any of the unmanned parking lots across the city. Charging is free and the rental expenses include insurance costs.

“Car sharing will help ease traffic congestion and environmental pollution given that vehicles are responsible for 58% of air pollutants,” Lee No-seong, deputy director of the Seoul government’s green transportation policy team, told Korea Real Time.

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