South Korea Changes Rules On EV Cars

Jan 02, 2017 07:35 AM EST | Danica Esguerra

EV or electronic vehicle is slowly rising to the competition in the automobile industry. South Korea already made changes to their rules to those who are interested in EVs.

The South Korean government will change one of their rules when it comes to EVs. South Korea is known for having a market for premium cars. They're even part of Tesla Motors' reservation of the company's upcoming vehicle model, the Model 3. According to Tesla's website, the Model 3 is an affordable premium sedan. Model 3 is designed to achieve that highest rating when it comes to safety measures.

South Korea will be removing subsidies when it comes to EVs with high-capacity batteries. This move could change the EV market in the country since this will allow other longer-ranged models to be available in the market. By removing the subsidies for the EV market, more and more models of the EV will be available at an affordable rate.

This will also prove to be good for Tesla. The motors company will conduct their first Tesla showroom in South Korea this year. The exact date for the facility is to be revealed sometime soon. With the South Korean government changing their rules for subsidies when it comes to high-battery powered EVs, more and more models from Tesla will be available for the Korean market this year. Aside from Tesla, BYD, the world's largest EV maker is also planning to enter the Korean market of EVs. BYD encountered a problem because their latest model doesn't qualify for the subsidy, thus resulting in the delay of the company to join the market, according to Reuters.

Currently, there are about four thousand electric vehicles roaming the streets of South Korea. Once the government implements this change, there might be a triple amount of EV cars in the country.

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