KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar boards an electric bus in Haifa.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
"The launching of 25 electric buses in Haifa is the beginning of an environmental revolution, as KKL-JNF continues its journey as the largest and most influential green organization in Israel.”
This was the message of KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar at the ceremony that marked the launching of Israel’s first urban electric busses, which took place at the Egged Bus Terminal in Kiryat Haim, Haifa. Egged is an Israeli public transport cooperative, and is the largest provider of public transport in the country.
The first 25 new electric buses, which are scheduled to begin operation on suburban routes in Haifa and the Krayot within two weeks, were standing proudly on display, with the word “e-bus” painted prominently along the side.
Present at the ceremony were also: Transport Minister Israel Katz. Minister for the Protection of the Environment Zeev Elkin, Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav, and Chairman of the Egged Bus Cooperative Avi Friedman.
A special terminal to charge the electric busses was constructed in the Haifa Bay area. Each 12 meter-long bus can travel at a top speed of 80 km/h and will need 4-5 hours to charge from near empty to full.
Egged Chairman Avi Friedman said that the new busses will be the first vehicles in Israel that will be absolutely pollutant free.
“The arrival of the electric busses propel Egged into new era, which promises to leave the old far behind.”
The purchase of the vehicles was made possible thanks to the Clean Car Revolution, a comprehensive program of KKL-JNF and the Ministry of Environmental Protection to reduce air pollution in urban areas by promoting environmentally friendly transportation. The Ministry of the Environment subsidized each bus to sum of NIS 330,000, the price differential between a regular diesel bus and a clean electric bus.
Read more, see photos of the Egged e-buses of Haifa