No one can yet say exactly what the charging infrastructure of the future will look like, but there’s certainly logic in the idea of installing DC fast chargers at existing gas stations. A small but growing number of station operators in the US have installed fast chargers. Total, BP and Shell are experimenting with EV charging at locations in the UK, the Netherlands and Singapore.
South Korea is embracing the gas-station fast charging model in a big way—at least 76 gas stations in the country already feature DC chargers, and thousands more locations are planned.
Aju Daily (via Electrek) reports that Hyundai plans to open an EV charging station with eight ultra-fast chargers at a remodeled gas station in Seoul this year. Hyundai has also partnered with Korea Expressway to deploy a network of fast charging stations at 11 highway service areas by the end of 2020.
Hyundai told Electrek that the company is “considering gas stations as one of several outlet options for fast chargers.” The automaker says there are 47 gas stations that offer fast charging in Seoul alone, as well as a few in the cities of Daegu and Busan.
Most of the charging locations are run by oil companies. Hyundai Oilbank is installing charging stations at dozens of Korean gas stations—and this is just a pilot. The company says it plans to deploy chargers at its 2,300 gas stations, as well as retail stores and restaurants. Oil refiner SK Energy has installed at least 12 chargers at its gas stations, and says it will electrify 3,570 gas stations and 3,500 post offices.