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Seoul expands ‘car-sharing’ network

The Seoul city government has launched the second stage of car-sharing network aimed at expanding the number of vehicles and use of electric cars in the city, officials said Wednesday.

The project named Nanum-Car service will be operated under a partnership with four car-sharing firms including SOCAR and Green Car.

Vehicles for Seoul Metropolitan Government’s car-sharing service, Nanum-Car, are parked at a parking lot in Seoul. (Seoul Metropolitan Government)
Vehicles for Seoul Metropolitan Government’s car-sharing service, Nanum-Car, are parked at a parking lot in Seoul. (Seoul Metropolitan Government)

Through the partnership, officials plan to increase the number of locations offering car-sharing services from 1,262 last year to 1,600 spots this year. It will also run 4,662 car-sharing vehicles, 1,749 more units from last year, they added.

The number of car-sharing service spots will surpass 2,400 by 2018, to give a wider access to citizens.

The portion of electric vehicles will also increase from 357 last year to 663 this year and will continue to grow in order to replace operations of gasoline cars in the future. An integrated website to provide detailed information is also set to begin in October, they said.

By Hong Sung-pyo (hong1@heraldcorp.com)
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