Seoul expands purchases of eco-friendly cars

Sejong, South Korea’s public organizations increased their purchases of eco-friendly cars this year in line with a new energy drive that centers on cutting the use of fossil fuels, data showed Tuesday.

Eco-friendly cars accounted for roughly 70 percent of the combined cars purchased by public organizations this year, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The survey was conducted on 211 institutions, South Korean News Agency (Yonhap) reported.

The figure marks a sharp increase from 56.6 percent posted in a survey conducted last year. The finalized figure from all of the country’s 1,200 public organizations will be released in the first half of 2020, it added.

The organizations surveyed this year bought more than 4,000 environment-friendly cars, with electric cars and hydrogen fuel cell models taking up roughly 56 percent, the data showed.

The increase came as South Korea has been seeking to build a society that harnesses hydrogen and other sustainable resources as the main source of energy for vehicles and other daily uses.

Source: Bahrain News Agency