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Amp up your travel — see by electric car

Tourists run along beach, northeastern Jeju. (By Kim

Although much of Korea is one last cold spell the spring comes, down on Island the rapeseed flowers are in bloom, covering the hills a beautiful yellow.

While has long been a popular for people from the mainland, when it’s cold, now a new way to enjoy the southern island traveling by electric car.

by electric car is inexpensive. Charging are still free, as the government generating demand for the new technology, and you can a Kia Ray for just 17,500 won, or per day.

SK Networks started electric cars for rent in and the company says that are hiring around 10 cars a Another company, KT Kumho, says it intends to offer cars to rent soon.

All in there are 28 electric cars to rent now, and 30 more are to be added soon.

Jeju has a reason for encouraging the use of electric It is trying to protect its famous which includes many recognized by Unesco, as part of its Geoparks Network.

Out of 1,871 electric cars in Korea as of late last 360 are in Jeju. The island also has 497 stations, more than 25 of Korea’s 1,962. In fact, the of electric cars to regular vehicles is five times on Jeju than in the mainland.

cars cannot go more 100 kilometers [62 miles] on a full but there are enough charging set up all across Jeju Island, and helps people drive electric cars here any other region, said Lee of the Korea Environment Corporation.

Of with 330,000 cars on Jeju, there is still a way to go.

Jeju Island is aiming to only electric cars by because it is trying to make free of carbon emission, Kim Hong-du, a manager at the Jeju Self-Governing Province.

To get into the spirit on Jeju, the JoongAng decided to travel the island by car, visiting every and cranny we could get to.

Jeju is not large, and even without any itinerary there is no reason for a to stay behind the wheel for than three or four

Here are some tips I up with after driving the island for a couple of days.


Powered by an electric instead of an internal combustion our car — a 1,000 cc Kia Ray — did not much sound at all.

It was to see how an electric vehicle functions. going quickly or traveling the battery runs down, but slowing or going downhill, the car the battery. It was also amazing to around without an exhaust on the back.

The car has much more than I expected. Jeju not have any expressways, so it is hard to go fast, but when I pressed the the car easily reached 100 kilometers per

Left: A driver connects the cable to her electric car. An electric car can only be charged a card issued by the Ministry of

For a limited time only

The issue with electric is how long a charge can last. Kia says my car should be able to go 135 on a full charge. But when I the fast-charging feature, my car could make it 80 kilometers.

Even when using the charger, I was able to drive the car 91 kilometers.

But how long a battery lasts seems to depend a lot on a habits, the condition of the road and how features, like the radio or are used.

On the last day of my travels Jeju, the dashboard indicated I had 50 kilometers left on my charge. the airport was around 35 kilometers I assumed I would be fine.

the trip to the airport had many and my battery died much than I expected. I had to turn off the and other devices and travel just to keep going. I found another charging along the way, but its fast-charge was already occupied by another With my flight time I had to ask to cut in and charge my car for about two minutes.

two minutes was enough for another 15 kilometers, and I just made it to the

In general, it was very disturbing to to check the driving distance and constantly and keep an eye out for charging I had to recharge the car five times my two-day, 230-kilometer trip. If I had the same distance with a vehicle, I would have to refill at a gas station just

Some popular sites Jeju Island include, top, fields of rapeseed near Seopjikoji; Bijarim the Teddy Bear Museum; and the Museum, which is dedicated to the of women divers on Jeju

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Free charging — for now

The part of driving an electric car was I did not have to pay anything for fuel. electric vehicles in Korea is free. If I were to drive the distance in a gas-fueled car, I have spent at least won for gas, or 30,000 won for a liquefied gas-fueled car.

We decided to an electric car because it was cheap, Yu A-jin, a student from Gyeonggi, who was travelling with

She said they paid 70,000 won to use the car for four days. We been driving around the for three days, and we don’t see difference from a normal gas

However, driving an electric will get a bit more expensive as early as next year, to the Ministry of Environment, because it begin to cost about won to charge a battery fully.

A snap to charge the battery

the car at a charging station is rather Each car comes with a from the Ministry of Environment, and you touch the card to the charger and connect the cables.

There are two to choose from: a normal which takes up to six hours for a charge, or the fast charger, takes just about 30

When I stopped for a quick just enough to go another 33 I needed about 15 minutes enough time for me to have a cup of and read a couple of news on my smartphone.

There are nearly 500 stations around Jeju many of them located major tourist attractions, Seongsan Ilchulbong, the volcanic on the east side of Jeju, and the office buildings of public The locations of charging stations can be online at

Many attractions also have spaces for electric cars, are marked with blue and vehicles parked there to get a discounted rate on parking Considering that hiking up to the of a mountain and then having a at a nearby restaurant can take three hours, that’s time to half-charge your using a regular-charge option.

Why is Kia’s Ray so popular?

One of the biggest with electric cars is each make has a different based on its model. There is an standard for regular chargers, but not for the option, and each carmaker has up with different technologies.

But of the express charge systems Jeju are designed for the Kia Ray, is the major reason why that car is the most common electric car on the

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