GS Caltex Seoul Gas Station Eyes Drones

The futuristic “Energy Plus Hub” has space for EV charging, ride-sharing services and drone deliveries.

November 23, 2020

SEOUL—GS Caltex is looking ahead to a time when convenience store delivery by drone will be commonplace in Korea, so it included logistics facilities for the airborne last-mile fulfillment services in its first “Energy Plus Hub” gas station concept in southern Seoul, Korea JoongAng Daily reports.

The oil refiner’s new hub also features four electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations provided by LG Electronics, hydrogen vehicle facilities, a car wash and space for car-sharing and scooter-sharing collections.

Energy Plus Hub “will offer an experience that changes the energy in vehicles and in our customers’ daily lives,” GS Caltex CEO Hur Sae-hong said during an event last week to celebrate the Seocho location’s opening.

The company plans to launch two more Energy Plus Hubs in Korea this year, one in Seoul and one in Busan, Korea JoongAng Daily reports.

GS Caltex said it is re-imagining gas stations “as a new energy charging space that combines life service contents such as logistics base, drone delivery, convenience store, and F&B (Food & Beverage).”

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