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GS partners with Lime in electric scooter recharging deal

Nov 20,2019
GS Group is partnering with the Lime scooter-sharing service.

GS Retail and GS Caltex Tuesday said they have signed a partnership with the San Francisco-based company in an effort to improve their presence in the mobility market.

This is the Korean group’s second such deal. In June, it signed an agreement with Gogo-ssing.

Under the terms of the latest agreement, GS Retail and GS Caltex will offer high-speed charging services for electric scooters at GS25 convenience stores, GS Caltex gas stations and the parking lots of GS Park 24, a joint venture between GS Energy and Japan’s Park24.

Customers will be able to ride to one of the GS locations on a Lime scooter and swap their scooter for one with a full battery. The partnership will help Lime better manage its electric vehicles, according to a spokesperson for GS Retail.

Since 2016, GS25 and GS Fresh have been offering high-speed chargers for electric automobiles at 55 stores. The monthly use of high-speed charging stations of electric vehicles at GS Retail’s stores now totals more than 1,000, according to GS.

As a result of the group’s partnerships with mobility companies, participating GS locations will function as mobility hubs.

GS Caltex is making efforts to expand the service options for its gas station visitors to “redefine the purpose of gas stations,” according to GS Caltex. At its gas stations, the company offers car sharing and charging services for hydrogen cars.

The company is also working to create logistics hubs. With its parcel service, customers can pick up their packages at the stations. They can also utilize a smart storage service.

“We will continue to discover new kinds of businesses to develop future gas stations into mobility and logistics hubs,” said a spokesperson for GS Caltex. “We plan to continuously create synergy effects based on the networks of affiliates. Based on the latest partnership, joined by GS Retail, we plan to further expand synergy effects that could be created among the affiliates.”

BY JIN MIN-JI [jin.minji@joongang.co.kr]