Israel to get first electric cars in 2011

Monday, September 21, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli entrepreneur Shai Agassi and his Better Place company signed a deal last week with French carmaker Renault to be one of the first importers on the FluenceZE electric car when it is ready in 2011.

Agassi has been working with Renault and the Israeli government for a number of years to make Israel one of the first nations to abandon its dependence on consumer petroleum.

Prior to the arrival of the first FluenceZEs, Better Place will install thousands of electric car service points throughout the country. These points will include "fast boost" recharging outlets, as well as battery replacement based on a monthly subscription model.

The FluenceZE can also be plugged into standard electrical outlets, which will take about eight hours to recharge the battery to full capacity.

The Israeli government has agreed to provide sizable import tax refunds to those who purchase electric cars and held Israel to reduce its need for oil.

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