Innovative electric vehicle charging station makes debut in Seoul as lifestyle complex

By Lim Chang-won Posted : January 21, 2021, 15:18 Updated : January 21, 2021, 15:18

[Courtesy of SK Networks]

SEOUL -- An innovative electric vehicle charging station made its debut in Seoul as the first product of collaboration between SK Networks and Hyundai Motor, featuring fast chargers, a coffee lounge, a shared kitchen and an office block so that customers can enjoy a variety of cultural and other activities.

SK Networks, a trading and retail arm of South Korea's third-largest conglomerate SK Group, has teamed up with Hyundai Motor to establish a network of charging stations for electric vehicles that that would match a new market environment and the rapidly changing lifestyle of drivers.

The first station opened in eastern Seoul on January 21 by converting an old gas station into a lifestyle complex where visitors can experience a variety of cultural and other activities while refueling. On the first floor, Hyundai Motor installed eight fast chargers with unique designs to reduce time. customers can easily connect charging ports without feeling the weight of connecting lines.

[Courtesy of SK Networks]

A coffee lounge was located on the second floor while the fourth floor was used as an office block. The third floor provides a brand experience zone where customers can directly use products such as water purifiers and massage chairs, along with a shared kitchen and a cooking show. SKI would develop various content for customers and vehicles at charging stations to be built in other areas.


[Courtesy of SK Networks]

GS Caltex would use gas stations for all-in-one last-mile services and as a hub for logistics, cultural space and refueling to build innovative places where customers can enjoy a variety of lifestyle activities such as shopping and dining while refueling. The refiner aims to create next-generation refueling services for drone delivery, small parcel delivery and car-sharing delivery services.

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