Electric car rental for Seoul
First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
In October 2012, an electric car rental service will be unveiled by Seoul City in South Korea to promote eco-friendly transportation. A total of 200 electric cars will be provided by the city for the car sharing service programme that will be unveiled in collaboration with two firms, with a target to ease traffic congestion, cut air pollution and save energy. The two companies that will join the programme are Korea Car Sharing and LG CNS, under a deal sealed with the city.
Under the programme, residents can rent cars for one or two hours at rates as low as US$5.20 an hour. A smartphone application and a website will be offered to enable the residents to make bookings and get information on the number of vehicles being used.
The programme will be tested in Guro Digital Complex in southwestern Seoul and Sungmisan Village in northwestern Seoul. The programme will then be expanded to other parts of the city on a gradual basis. Financial support will be provided by the city for operating companies to purchase electric passenger cars and set up recharging facilities.