By Choi Kyong-ae
SEOUL, March 26 (Yonhap) -- Affordability will be the key to promoting zero and low-emission cars, an official from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) said Tuesday.
In a Seoul forum on the topic of 'Vision for the Decarbonisation of Road Transport in the Near Future,' ACEA Secretary General Erik Joannaert outlined what governments need to do to make those environment-friendly vehicles available for all people.
"A natural shift to alternatively-powered vehicles (APV) will simply not happen without addressing consumer affordability," Joannaert said in his keynote speech.
"Governments need to invest in charging infrastructure, provide financial incentives for purchases of APVs, keep clean vehicles affordable for all layers of society and offer tax benefits as well as free road tolls."
For the spread of clean vehicles, car manufacturers need to provide affordable solutions for different budgets and lower the cost of batteries and fuel-cell technology, the secretary general said.
"Governments need to address affordability of clean vehicles and charging and refueling infrastructure, among others, as the transition to low- and zero-emission mobility is underway but many factors are beyond the control of the auto industry," he said.
The forum was held in Seoul for the first time last year under the theme of 'The Future of Mobility will be Cleaner and Smarter.' It is aimed at shedding light on the trends of the industry and promoting cooperation between Korean and European businesses.
The Korean government plans to provide 430,000 electric vehicles and 67,000 hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles on local roads by 2022.
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