Renault Samsung Motors (RSM) is loaning ten SM3 Z.E. (earlier post) sedans to Seoul City for free so that members of the Seoul Taxi Association and their passengers can discover the benefits of using an electric vehicle for taxi work.
Free use of the cars is just part of the campaign, which runs until April 2015. Taxi businesses involved in the scheme will be exempt from tolls through a number of tunnels into the city. They will also be given a 50% discount on parking fees in the city center and will be given free access to the City’s 34 quick chargers, a network that the Korea Environment Corporation has undertaken to expand still further.
Presented at the Busan Motor Show in June 2012, the 100% electric vehicle has been produced and sold as the first Korean-made mass market sub-mid-sized EV since 2013. The EV model features a variety of newly developed technologies of Renault Group and RSM.
Equipped with a 23 kWh Li-ion battery pack from LG Chem, SM3 Z.E. runs up to 182 km (113 miles) in UDDS (Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule) mode on a single charge. Topspeed is 135 km/h (84 mph), and the motor has a maximum output of 70kW and maximum torque of 226 N·m (167 lb-ft).
RSM dominates Korea’s EV market, claiming a 58% share in 2013.