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Israel Looks to Electric

The Israeli government announced a initiative to push the nation’s toward electric cars on a move meant to both dependence on foreign oil and address the and health hazards of gas-burning

It is not the first time a government has to promote electric cars on a scale. A 1990 California requiring automakers to sell vehicles famously flopped. But the attempt is far more sophisticated anything that precedes it. It policy makers and a major car with an outfit prepared to hundreds of thousands of electric stations across the country.

In an with TIME, Israeli Shimon Peres called the an experimental lab, a pilot before it’s applied to bigger industrialized nations.

Automaker Renault-Nissan will the cars and Better Place, a start-up founded by former SAP Shai Agassi, will the infrastructure, which may eventually of 500,000 charging points and up to 200 stations. A pilot involving a few cars will start this year in Tel Aviv. A few vehicles are expected to be on the road by with production scaled to the market by 2011.


On Jan. 13, slashed the tax rate on cars by electricity to 10% in order to encourage to buy the vehicles once they are

The idea to take Israel was born in a white paper Agassi, an Israeli native who now in the United States, wrote as of the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders forum. was impressed and encouraged Agassi to the project as a stand-alone business, to introduce the software-industry executive to executives, including Carlos CEO of Renault-Nissan. The Japanese-French auto has separately said that it manufacture a hybrid by 2010 and an car by 2012.

Electric cars, have existed for more 100 years, are becoming all the rage GM and Toyota have said will manufacture plug-in by 2010. But Agassi’s plan out because it focuses on the infrastructure for cars instead of on the vehicles

Battery technology has advanced in the past few years, yet an electrically family-style car still can’t go farther than 100 miles on a and once a battery is drained it hours to power back up. solution: take the battery out of the car and it part of the infrastructure. Agassi was shown a battery at Tesla a California-based company developing its own car, when the thought him.

I’m looking at thing, says Agassi, and thinking, ‘Oh, I get it. This is This is not the gas tank. It’s the

In practice, that means will buy cars from then subscribe to a Better service that includes use of a and electricity from charging The business model, Agassi is similar to how a mobile phone sells airtime. Agassi that if he adds electrical to at least 500,000 of Israel’s to four million parking people will feel they can charge their whenever they need to.

most people seldom more than 100 miles at a wiring workplaces and public like shopping malls keep most cars For longer drives, customers be able to pull into a station and get a fresh battery. Place, and not individual drivers, the batteries, which should the price of the cars comparable to vehicles.

Even though full is years away and not everyone is the plan will work chief scientist says the is heavy on ideas but light on RD and technology the idea has already interest elsewhere. Agassi he is speaking to 15 other countries, of which, like Israel, the idea of reducing their on the world’s oil-producing nations. Ofer, chairman of Israel the Tel Aviv-based industrials conglomerate provided Better Place half of its $200 million has his sights set on China.

Israel Corp. already has a venture with the Chinese Chery, and if Agassi’s plan in Israel, says Ofer, it work even better in Their pollution is killing and the rest of us, too.

with by Tim McGirk/Jerusalem

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