Israel: New Gasoline, Diesel Cars Will Not Be Available After 2030

OCT 10 2018 BY MARK KANE 13

Israel would like to be a better place.

Israel outlined a plan of transition from gasoline and diesel cars to electric and natural gas. The country currently can’t boast any significant plug-in electric car sales share, but it’s gonna change is the next 10 years.

Israel’s Energy Ministry announced that after 2030, sales of new conventional gasoline and diesel cars will no longer be possible.

To boost electric car sales, the government provides funds for 2,000 new charging stations and intends to “reduce taxation on electric cars to almost zero, so they are going to be much cheaper”. The example of Norway proves that radical tax reductions on plug-ins cars bring strong results.

By 2025, the number of electric cars is expected to increase to 177,000 (quite an incredibly precise forecast, but that’s what was stated). By 2030, the number of EVs could increase to 1.5 million.

Natural gas will become popular too, as Israel discovered huge deposits of natural gas and is willing to become energy independent.

Besides cars, also buses and trucks will be either electric or run on compressed natural gas.

Approval of the plan is expected by the end of 2018.

Source: Reuters

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And probably this movements can help to make that area pacefull at last. I hope, that without the petrol interests behind most of the conflicts in middle east, the people of those countries could have a better future.

If not a poorer future. Israel presumably wants to decrease it’s oil imports and they should have plenty of solar energy.

I think war is the most important cause of poverty in most of the world. With no conflicts around petrol, maybe peace can bring progress.

MENA region has lots of conflicts that are not oil-related – but if states have less $ for weapons, conflicts might become less common.

I laud your support for peace in the Middle East, but I honestly do not think that this tri-continental powder keg is going to be defused by EV’s, because the never-ending conflicts there started millennia before petroleum became a valuable global commodity. Today, it seems to me the most persistent ME conflicts are about who the Big Daddy is in the region, if you peel away the ethno-religious battle cries. If no oil at all, they’d still fight, only with the WWII-era weapons, sourced in a thrift store in one of the former Eastern Bloc lands.

At the same time there is plenty of oil in Northern Europe, yet the only conflicts in the area were The Troubles and the Cod Wars … nothing to do with oil, just the post-imperial Britain learning where its new borders were 🙂

That is a good move but is not enough. The Palestinians also need to stop starting fires on the Israeli side with incendiary balloons and kites since that releases so much CO2 and air contaminants.

The US started a few fires too a few hundred years ago. Leave politics out of it.

Nice work, Israel! On a side-note, Tel Aviv is beautiful city. I’d highly recommend visiting there.

Israel is an ideal place for EVs. Range shouldn’t be a problem because the country is the size of a postage stamp, Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is 44 miles, Haifa is 56 miles from Tel Aviv. The icing on the cake is that the climate is similar to California so there is no concerns about winter range loss.

Kind of leaves BMW’s plans for 85% ICE vehicles in 2030 in the dust.

FYi, the “no tax on EVs” is HUGE. The standard sales tax on a new gasoline car in Israel is 92% (yes, 92%–that means a car that costs NIS 100,000 incurs a tax of NIS 92,000)

Sorry to burst the bubble, but there’s zero chance this will take place. In theory, Israel is an ideal country for EV adoption: Due to unfriendly neighbors, it’s effectively an island. Longest driving distance possible (North-South) is ~500km / 300mi; most people drive <40km/day. Also, the majority of cars are fleet-owned (60%), and most people treat cars as a transportation appliance. Also, we get excellent insolation, so in theory lots of potential for solar electricity. In practice: 1) Since the dissolution of Project Better Place, the government has done essentially zero towards EV adoption. The government is dependent on the import duties on cars for significant income, so will not give that up if EVs become significant. 2) Charging: The vast majority of people live in apartments, most without assigned parking, so charging at home is non-trivial. 3) There are virtually no public chargers. Government would have to take a very active role to get that changed. 4) Currently there are ~1000 EVs in the country, aside from a few very expensive luxury PHEVs which explicitly get bought for the import duty break, and are never plugged in. 5) Solar electricity provides far <1% of electricity generation due to political… Read more »

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