Daily Israel Report

Park n’ Ride: Israel Railways Plugs in to Electric Car Project

Israel Railways is hooking up with the electric car project “A Better Place” and will provide battery rechargers for “park ‘n ride” passengers.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 8/10/2009, 1:33 PM / Last Update: 8/11/2009, 4:08 PM

Israel Railways is hooking up with the electric car project “A Better Place” and will provide battery rechargers for “park ‘n ride” passengers. The national railroad company will install more than 200 charging terminals at its parking lots at nearly a dozen train stations, according to GreenProphet.com.

The stations will be in Haifa and the Tel Aviv metropolitan areas, where the electric car is expected to be most practical to use because of short distances that motorists have to travel to shop and to work.

Yitzchak Harel, director-general of Israel Railways, and Better Place chief executive officer Moshe Kaplinsky, reached an agreement to install “charging posts” in parking lots, where railway commuters can charge their cars while commuting on the train.

The system “contributes to improving the quality of life by charging thousands of cars that drive along Israel’s roads and eliminating airborne vehicle pollutants,” Harel said.

Several thousand hybrid gas-electric cars now are available in Israel, but there are not yet any totally electric vehicles. Shai Agassi, developer of the 'A Better Place' project, hopes that the electric car be on the road in two years.