JEJU, July 1 (Korea Bizwire) – As the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) among the general public in South Korea is gaining ground, Jeju Island is striving to transform into an EV hub for the nation with the announcement of the development of a specialized platform for the EV maintenance and service sector.
Jeju’s provincial government announced that it would team up with Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) and the Korea Automobile Repair & Inspection Federation (KARIF) to launch an integrated platform for electric vehicle maintenance and repairs. The trio signed a memorandum of understanding to this end on June 30 at the Jeju government’s headquarters.
While relatively meager compared to the world’s EV market growth, South Korea has seen a meaningful advance in its green car adoption. In march, the nation marked 100,000 EV sales and Jeju accounted for 22 percent of the overall EV market in Korea with the installation of 14.000 charging stations on the island.
However, specialized infrastructure for EV maintenance and repairs still has a long way to go. Taking this issue into consideration, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, responsible for building smart and green transportation systems, launched a project to establish EV infrastructure for maintenance and selected KITECH as its main partner for this project.
KITECH will invest 18.7 billion won (US$15.5 million) in the venture over the next four years, and typical types of EV failures and simulation data will be collected to establish a big data-based EV maintenance platform.
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