Tesla Global Sales & Service President Jonathan McNeill said during a visit to Tesla Korea this week, that the U.S.-based electric car maker will be installing fourteen Supercharger stations in Korea this year. Tesla will build six Supercharger stations in Seoul, three along highway service stations, and five across major cities in Korea.
The first three Superchargers will be arriving in the Gran Seoul building in Jongno-gu, the Grand Intercontinental Hotel in Gangnam-gu and the Tedin Resort near Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, by the end of June. Each Supercharger station will have six to eight individual stalls where Model S and Model X owners can replenish 50% in charge in 20-minutes.
McNeill emphasized the importance of the Korean market during his visit to the country, saying Korea is the 5th largest market for luxury car sales and 11th in global economic rankings. According to local news outlet Korea Joongang Daily, McNeill met with the governor of Jeju Island during his trip to discuss plans to advance Tesla products into the southern Korean island.
“I met with Jon McNeill today to promote plans to install superchargers and open Tesla showroom in Jeju Island,” said governor Won Hee-ryong on his Facebook page. “We are going to have another meeting in May,” he added.
Tesla opened a showroom inside South Korea’s largest shopping mall, the Starfield Hanam in Gyeonggi, to much fanfare this year. The popularity of the brand combined with increasing interest in electric vehicles from potential buyers led to a six month long waiting list for a Model S test drive. Tesla followed the opening of its first showroom with a second store located at the “Rodeo drive of South Korea” in the Gangnam district the following day.