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Korean Carmakers Criticize Gov't Over Electric Car Policy Retreat

Despite South Korea's promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, carmakers say it is not supporting the roll of electric cars.

Published: 16-Nov-2012

SEOUL—South Korea trumpeted its recent selection as the host of a United Nations’ program to combat climate change.

But auto makers say it is stalling on one tool for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions: electric cars.

Slow progress in building charging stations for the vehicles and a U-turn on subsidies is likely to delay next year’s planned commercial rollout of such cars, the companies say.


Ssangyong e-XIV plug-in hybrid concept car.

The e-XIV uses an 80-kW Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM), giving a range of 80 km by taking power from the 16-kWh lithium-ion battery, with an additional hybrid range up to 600 km

Armadillo-T foldable electric car developed by Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Armadillo-T utilizes four in-wheel electric motors and has top speed of 60 km/h, powered by 13.6 kWh battery with range estimated at 60 km.


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