South Korean automakers’ green car export volume added up to 118,796, up 46.4 percent from a year ago, in the first four months of this year. However, their non-hybrid electric vehicle export volume showed little increase.
“The green car export to the United States jumped 146.3 percent to 31,621, that to the European Union increased 24.2 percent to 50,542, and the exports to the regions increased 109.8 percent and 23.3 percent year on year in April alone, respectively,” the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association explained.
From January to April this year, their hybrid and plug-in hybrid car exports increased 64 percent and 20.2 percent compared to the same period of last year, respectively. Hyundai Motor Company increased its hybrid car exports by 80.7 percent and plug-in hybrid car exports by 103.8 percent. Kia’s hybrid car exports increased 39.5 percent.
On the other hand, their electric vehicle export volume for the four-month period is 40,661, up 1 percent from a year earlier. In April, the volume fell 7.2 percent year on year to 11,883.
From January to April, their electric vehicle exports to Africa, Oceania and Asia increased 400 percent, 128 percent and 67.3 percent, respectively. However, the total electric vehicle export to the three regions stood at 1,905.
The electric vehicle export to the United States fell 4.1 percent year on year in that period and fell 9.5 percent year on year in April. That to the European Union fell 8.5 percent and dropped 20.6 percent in those periods, respectively. That to the entire European continent fell 2.4 percent and 16.9 percent, respectively.