Seoul vehicles to go electric by 2020.
A Korea Herald article says that the mayor of Seoul has pledged that by 2020, Korea will have 120,000 electric cars on the road. This pledge is intended to show the world a model for clean energy. This is pretty interesting.
As we know now, there are many cities (especially in the U.S.) where the use of cars is absolutely necessary. It is especially apparent in countries with an underdeveloped railroad system.
Korea’s railroad is hardly lacking, but with the technology available and such a small country with a centralized population, Seoul is ideal for trying this type of technology out en masse.
There’s also an agreement to supply electric cars to the city of Los Angeles. This is great, because L.A. has never had a subway. Smog is a huge problem in L.A., and this may be just what the city needs.
Right now it’s impossible to make a direct switch to electric cars because there are so few charging facilities and other infrastructure, but if Seoul (or L.A) were to install that infrastructure, I imagine that the cars will increase in popularity.
Weaknesses at the moment include low speed and inability to travel far distances, but electric cars would be ideal for commuting.