I have seen the future. Or rather I’ve driven it.

It’s quick, smooth and, most strikingly, almost silent. And its environmental importance could hardly be more relevant in a week where our vulnerability to global warming was fatally underlined by the Carmel inferno.

At Pi Glilot, north of Tel Aviv – formerly the nation’s key hub, ironically, of fossil fuel distribution – Israeli entrepreneur Shai Agassi’s Better Place offers test drives around a short circuit in the Renault Fluence ZE. ZE, of course, stands for zero emission.

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