Government to encourage electric
cars: The government will consider deploying a national
infrastructure for electric cars
Nov 11, 2007- McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
- Lilach Weissman and Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu Globes
Prime Minster Ehud Olmert announced today that the
government would encourage the development of electric
vehicles. Olmert was speaking at the weekly cabinet
meeting in which the ministers discussed "green" transportation
moves which would conserve energy and help the environment.
Olmert said that the government would consider granting
experimental incentives to companies and factories
that produced electric cars and would also consider
deploying a national infrastructure that would enable
electric cars to drive on Israel's roads.
"The alternative transportation technology will also decrease air pollution
and the dependency of the State of Israel on oil," explained Olmert.
An inter-ministerial steering committee will be
appointed, headed by the director of budgets, to
examine various proposals on the matter. The committee
will include members of the prime minister's office,
the ministry of transport, the ministry of national
infrastructures, the ministry of industry, trade
and labor, the ministry of the environment, the
ministry of justice, the tax authority, the antitrust
authority and the ministry of the interior planning
In addition to the steering committee, a number
of secondary teams will be formed, to deal with
various facets of the plan.