by: Lior Gutman
Thursday, 27 June 2019 | The Ministry of Energy is planning to have at least 2,500 charging stations for electric vehicles stretching across the entire country by the middle of next year.
Earlier this month, the ministry released its final list of towns and companies that will install the stations, a process that will be subsidized by the state.
Last year, the ministry published a series of different tenders with the explicit intention to have the stations installed by mid-2020. These stations will stretch from Kibbutz Dan on the northern border to Eilat, the southernmost city of Israel.
The ministry has also set a target that electric cars will comprise fully one quarter of all cars sold in Israel in 2025. Government estimates concluded that this target would require 150,000 private charging stations and 13,000 public ones.
This is the first time that the ministry has published a tender offering government subsidies for municipalities and local councils to encourage alternative and clean energy.
One of the winning tenders covers 30 local councils, which will share a total subsidy of NIS 12 million [US $3.3 million] to construct the charging stations, covering 50% of the cost for each one. This tender finances 800 stations across the 30 councils.
The subsidy covers slow-charging stations that are able to charge two cars at once. Each car can take up to eight hours to fully recharge.
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz expressed his support for what he called a “comprehensive and important step that corresponds to my vision to end Israel’s dependency on polluting energy sources by 2030.”
Posted on June 27, 2019
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