South Korea Korea to revise Regulations for Evaluation of EVs to be Promoted

Subdivision of vehicle types and establishment of evaluation items and standards

South Korea Ministry of Environment plans to revise the Regulations for Evaluation of Electric Vehicles to be Promoted (Ministry of Environment Notification No. 2021-744) in order to determine which electric vehicles can be subsidized and financed by the national and local governments in accordance with Article 58, Paragraphs 3 and 17 of the Clean Air Conservation Act. The revised regulations will come into effect after the administrative notice period (November 5 to 26, 2021). The purpose of the revision is to promote the improvement of vehicle performance by conducting evaluation tests that match the characteristics of each vehicle type. The main contents of the revision are: 1. subdivision of vehicle types and establishment of evaluation items and standards, 2. presentation of low temperature single-charge driving distance standards by 2024, and 3. clarification of other evaluation criteria and reflection of changes in conditions.

 

Subdivision of vehicle types and establishment of evaluation items and standards

Subdivide vehicle types (passenger vehicles, shared vehicles, cargo vehicles, and motorcycles) and establish evaluation items and standards. (Annex 1, 2, 3 and 4)

Current applicable section Applicable sections after revision
Annex 1 Annex 1 Evaluation items and standards for electric passenger vehicles (relevant to Article 2)
Annex 2 Evaluation items and standards for electric shared vehicles (relevant to Article 2)
Annex 3 Evaluation items and standards for electric cargo vehicles (relevant to Article 2)
Annex 4 Evaluation items and standards for electric motorcycles (relevant to Article 2)

 

Presentation of low temperature single-charge driving distance standards by 2024

The low temperature single-charge driving distance of electric vehicles shall be set as follows in accordance with the normal temperature single-charge driving distance. If an electric vehicle for which the evaluation has been completed receives a change certification in accordance with Article 48, Paragraph 2 of the Clean Air Conservation Act due to partial performance improvement or specification change, the standard for the relevant year shall be applied. However, this excludes cases where the single-charge driving distance at the time of the change certification is the same as the single-charge driving distance initially stated in the emission certificate issued in accordance with Article 48, Paragraph 1 of the Clean Air Conservation Act.

Normal temperature single-charge driving distance 2021 2022-2023 2024
Less than 300km 70 % or higher 75 % or higher 80 % or higher
300 km or more 65 % or higher 70 % or higher 75 % or higher
400 km or more 65 % or higher 65 % or higher 70 % or higher
500 km or more 65 % or higher 65 % or higher 70 % or higher

 

Clarification of other evaluation criteria and reflection of changes in conditions

Clarify other evaluation criteria and reflect changes in conditions. (Annex 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5)

Current applicable section Applicable section after revision
Annex 2 Annex 5 Evaluation methods by categories (relevant to Article 3)

 

 

The Regulations shall come into effect on the date of promulgation, but the amended provisions of Remark No. 5 of Annex 1, Remark No. 3 of Annex 2, and Remark No. 3 of Annex 3 shall come into effect one year after the promulgation. Electric vehicles that have undergone or are undergoing evaluation tests in accordance with the existing provisions at the time of enforcement of revised provisions shall be regarded as electric vehicles specified in these provisions.

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