​T Map to provide charging station reservation service for EVs

By Park Sae-jin Posted : June 7, 2021, 16:54 Updated : June 7, 2021, 16:54

[Courtesy of T Map Mobility]

SEOUL -- South Korea's favorite smartphone navigation app T Map will offer a reservation service for electric vehicles in the second half of 2021. The navigation app with some 4.5 million daily users will target clean energy vehicle owners with convenient services including an automatic remote payment system.

Seoul has about 25,600 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road as of April 2021 but there are only 8,400 chargers. It is common to see an EV or two waiting for an empty charger at charging stations because it takes about 40 minutes to charge. According to a survey of 1,586 adults, conducted by Seoul City in July 2020, 29 percent cited the lack of charging stations as the main factor in delaying the purchase of electric vehicles.

T Map Mobility, the operator of T Map, said in a statement on June 7 that the company will release services specialized for EVs later this year. T Map partnered with charging station operators -- Daeyoung Chaevi and ChargEV -- to offer reservation and navigation algorithms. Users will be able to know which station has unused chargers. T Map and station operators will collaborate to adopt an automatic payment system.

"T Map will play the role of a platform that connects EV mobility services and energy," T Map's smart vehicle division head Park Seo-ha was quoted as saying.

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