As part of a plan to reduce growing air-pollution problems, the government of South Korea will be toughening restrictions on the use of old diesel vehicles, according to recent reports.
In addition to these efforts, the government will also be working to promote the use of “environmentally-friendly vehicles” (electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, etc) through various means.
The Kia Soul EV is the first fully electric vehicle produced by a South Korean company.
Other related actions include the decision to close down old coal-fired power plants (those that have been in operation for more than 40 years); and limiting access to the downtown portions of the country’s capital Seoul for those driving old diesel vehicles; amongst other things.
The South Korean newspaper Yonhap provides more:
At a gathering of senior policymakers chaired by Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, the government decided to take steps to make electric vehicles (EVs) account for 30% of all automobile sales by 2020.
…Other regulatory measures also include restricting the operations of diesel cars depending on air conditions. All diesel buses will be replaced with compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, it added.