South Korea’s Ministry of Environment announced January 21 that the promotion of environmentally friendly vehicles will remain a high priority this year, citing quick progress in putting more electric and hybrid vehicles on the road. About one of every 30 new cars sold in the country last year had electric-car technology. South Korea launched a subsidized hybrid vehicle program in 2004 and switched to tax breaks for purchasers in 2009. The 2013 plan calls for 40,000 hybrid vehicles to be sold this year.