▲ IEVE 2014 was held in March to great success. Photo by Douglas MacDonald
Jeju’s electric vehicles (EVs) are set for a boost next year after the International Electric Vehicle Expo (IEVE) organizating committee announced their second expo, IEVE 2015, will be held at the ICC Jeju from March 6 to 15 following the success of the inaugural event last year. Sponsors include the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of the Environment and National Assembly Renewable Energy Policy Research Forum.
The province is also set to increase the number of subsidized EVs available to Jeju residents as part of the carbon-free 2030 plans. So far this year 500 vehicles have been provided for Jeju residents and a further 1,500 will be offered during the expo itself, accounting for 50 percent of the 3,000 subsidized vehicles available nationwide.
In terms of infrastructure, there are currently 815 electric chargers across the island, 73 of which are fast chargers, a full charge taking 30 minutes rather than the 3 hours of standard chargers. Most EVs can cover 120 k.m. when fully juiced, which although not enough to take drivers the 195 k.m. around the whole island, comfortably handles the average daily usage.
Another sign of growing confidence in the industry was the 2014 Jeju EV Eco Rally held Sept. 26 to 27 as EVs raced 220 k.m. along Jeju’s coasts.
Naturally, many EV producers are being attracted to Jeju to take advantage of the increased opportunities to incubate technologies here. Renewable energy company BYD, vehicle producer Polaris, Detroit Electric and others have all confirmed attendance at IEVE 2015. Domestic companies too will be showcasing the latest R&D technologies including LG Electronics, Samsung SDI and more.
Kim Daehwan, president of the organizing committee, said, “The second IEVE is crucial in establishing the optimum charging infrastructure and EV testbed to realise Jeju’s environmental slogan of “Carbon Free Island Jeju 2030.”
Jeju governor Won Hee-ryong also pledged more support for EVs in his vision for 2015 and pledged to make Jeju a “Special Electric Car Zone” and global leader. Won reiterated plans to replace public transportation, buses and taxis with EVs in the long term.
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