Sunday, January 27, 2008

And Out of Zion Shall Come Forth the Electric Car

by Ezra HaLevi

( Israel will introduce electric cars and the infrastructure necessary to make them a viable alternative to oil-consuming vehicles within the next three years.

The first cars, to be produced by Nissan and Renault, are projected to be on Israel’s streets by 2009, with 100,000 by the next year and a complete switchover from oil within the decade.

The initiative is aimed both at environmental friendliness and reducing the reliance on Arab oil.

Shai Agassi, who heads the initiative and founded Project Better Place, says the goal is to show the world that it is possible to stop using oil in a manner that can be replicated

Commenting on the cars themselves: “There's already an operational prototype. I've driven it, and it goes from 0 to 100 km per hour in 7.5 seconds. In other words, there's a product and it's one of the fastest cars on the road.”


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