|The logo for GS Caltex's new brand Energy Plus|
The company launched the brand Wednesday and opened the Energy Plus Hub in southern Seoul's Seocho District.
The oil refiner said its Energy Plus Hub station is a futuristic gas station, offering not only gas pumps and car maintenance but also recharging for electric and hydrogen cars and a car-sharing service. The Energy Plus Hub station will also work as a logistics hub by offering a drone delivery service, the company said.
To mark the launch of the new brand and the gas station, the company held an opening ceremony featuring GS Caltex CEO Huh Se-hong and other executives.
"We will try to innovate the space and our services that can be helpful not only for our customers' vehicles but also for their daily lives," Huh said during the ceremony.
The Seocho Energy Plus Hub station has four EV chargers, including a 350-kilowatt high-speed charger. The fast chargers can charge an EV battery to 80 percent in 15 minutes. GS Caltex cooperated with LG Electronics for the chargers.
The company plans to add two more Energy Plus Hub stations, one in Seoul and another in Busan, by the end of the year, to expand its customer base.
The company said the Energy Plus Hub represents its effort to adopt to the changing mobility environment.
To meet the growing demand for EV chargers, GS Caltex has installed 63 at its 49 gas stations nationwide. The company opened its first hydrogen charging station in eastern Seoul in May. It caters to every type of vehicle that uses gasoline, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas, electricity or hydrogen.