Incentives ramp up local sales of hybrid cars

To make the purchase of hybrid vehicles more appealing to consumers, the ministry promoted the lowering of sales tax on the environmentally friendly vehicles to 30%, compared to 84% in regular cars.

By ON FRIEDMAN
July 24, 2007 07:13
1 minute read.
hybrid car 8 8298

hybrid car 8 8298. (photo credit: Courtesy Photo)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

If it seems like you're seeing increasing numbers of hybrid cars on the road recently, it's because you are. The Environmental Protection Ministry announced this week that there was a significant rise in the import of hybrid cars into Israel over the last six months. The number of such vehicles sold in the first half of 2007 is double the amount sold all last year. To make the purchase of hybrid vehicles more appealing to consumers, the ministry promoted the lowering of sales tax on the environmentally friendly vehicles to 30%, compared to 84% in regular cars. "Hybrid family cars are the cleanest vehicles being imported to Israel today," said ministry vehicle pollution supervisor Avi Moshel. "We're talking about between 30-50% less emissions compared to regular gasoline driven vehicles of the same size." A hybrid electric vehicle combines a conventional propulsion system with an on-board rechargeable energy electric battery. The different propulsion power systems may have common subsystems or components. The vehicle can automatically shift from one system to another depending on the driving conditions. At low speeds, usually under 50km/h, the car runs on the electric motor. At higher speeds the vehicle shifts to using the regular motor. Theoretically, people who drive hybrid vehicles could go forever without visiting a gas station provided they kept to city speed limits. When operating on electric mode, hybrid cars produce no polluting emissions and very little noise. "As an environmental organization we prefer for the government and people to find alternative transportation solutions in place of private vehicles, things like public transportation and car pooling. But if they must buy a car we recommend buying an energy efficient and low emission producing vehicle like the hybrid," said Adam Teva V'din spokesperson Aviad Oren.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

The Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
April 30, 2015
Teva doubles down on Mylan, despite rejection

By GLOBES, NIV ELIS