Renault-Samsung SM3 Electric

Renault-Samsung SM3 Electric

"Sales of pure electric and hybrid vehicles jumped 27.3 percent on-year in the first five months of 2014," reports Yonhap News.

Of course, conventional hybrids don't interest us, so let's instead zone in on the plug-in vehicles (BEVs to be precise) sold in South Korea.

"...sales of EVs reached 208 units till May of this year, up more than two-fold from 89 cars sold a year earlier."

208 is still a low number, but the growth is promising.  The EV sales breakdown looks like this:

  • Kia Soul/Ray EV - 121
  • Renault-Samsung SM3 Z.E. - 69
  • Chevrolet Spark EV - 18
Of note is that the Nissan LEAF is not yet available in South Korea.  It's expected to be offered there, along with the BMW i3, later this year.

There's no firm figures for plug-in hybrid sales in South Korea.  We suspect it's a very low number (in fact, we unsure if a single PHEV is offered in South Korea...perhaps someone can chime in on this to assist us?).

Source: Yonhap News