South Korea Wants Cleaners Cars, Plans War On Diesels

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South Korea is seriously cracking down on emissions, and its latest targets are diesel engines and barbecue restaurants. As it turns out, the Asian country wants to reduce particulate emissions in its cities, and restaurants with an affinity for grilling will have to use filters on their vents to reduce these fine dust emissions.
According to the Yonhap News Agency, the country will subsidize the new filters in the case of small restaurant owners. However, the part that is most interesting to us is the one involving cars - South Korea wants cleaner cars on its roads.

Therefore, to favor the acquisition of cleaner vehicles, the South Korean Government has vowed to create and apply policies that will bring electric vehicle sales to 30% of its domestic market by the end of this decade.

The objective is even more impressive than Germany’s, a country that wanted one million electric cars on its roads as a cumulative figure by 2020.

It is worth noting that Germany is not even close to achieving the number, as policy makers have not managed to develop legislation to favor the purchase of these cars, and that the automotive industry has not provided enough options for potential customers of electrics.

Along with a potential plan for government subsidies, South Korea is pondering banning diesel-engined vehicles from entering the metropolitan areas of Seoul, its capital city. Meanwhile, the country’s diesel buses will be replaced by modern equivalents that will work on CNG, compressed natural gas.

Furthermore, the state is covering all the bases on “dirty fuels,” as they want to reduce the usage of coal-powered power plants, and favor greener sources of energy. In ten years, South Korea wants its cities to have fine dust emissions on the level of European cities.

This is not the first South Korea’s first eco-friendly initiative, as the country wants to sue Volkswagen for the Dieselgate situation, and has recently come to public attention after it accused Nissan of cheating in emissions tests.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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