‘Built on an artificial island 56km west of Seoul, the 6 sq km city seems pretty conventional with offices, homes, shops, hotels and public spaces. But while South Koreans have the highest average IQ in the world, its Songdo’s technology, not people, that makes it so smart.’
The Seoul Metropolitan Government has just rolled out a world first by instating commercial, all electric bus service in the city. We’ve previously seen pilot programs and trials, but actual working commercial service has never been previously implemented. The program, developed in agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hankuk Fiber, and the buses themselves can run up to about 52 miles on a single charge (which takes about 30 minutes), and have a maximum speed of about 62 miles per hour. Though several other cities have small fleets of electric public transportation, Seoul has announced that half of its massive fleet of buses will be electric by 2020.