GS readies charging stations for EVs; 1st will open in JejuGS Retail, the nation’s leading retail business, announced on Tuesday that it has finished construction of the industry’s first electric vehicle charging station at one of its convenience stores, the GS25 Seogwipo branch, in Jeju.
GS agreed in March with Korea Electric Vehicle Charging Service to build EV charging stations nationwide, billing it as a corporate social responsibility initiative to reduce vehicle emissions.
Jeju Island was chosen as the pilot project because electric car sales and operation on the island are rising more quickly there than in other regions. Jeju’s provincial government has pledged to make the island electric vehicle-only by 2030.
The Jeju electrical charging service will start when the Korea Electric Power Corporation approves the installation.
The second and third EV charging stations on Jeju Island are under construction. GS Retail said it would expand nationwide through its network of GS Supermarket and GS25 convenience store outlets.
GS’s technical partner, the charging service, said it would offer promotional prices through the end of this year of 70,000 won ($61) for unlimited charging, 40,000 won for 100 kilowatts of electricity and 30,000 won for 80 kilowatts.