Beyond Oil: Learn How Israel Will Be the First Country to Support an Electric Car Infrastructure


Here’s a last minute addition to our July programs.  On Thursday, July 17 at 7:30 pm, we’re partnering with Adas Israel Congregation’s Green Committee, the Center for Israel Studies at American University, DC Minyan, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and Kesher Israel Congregation to present a talk by Michael J. Granoff, Head of Oil Independence Policies for Project Better Place.

Project Better Place is nothing less than a pathway to a commercially viable electric car, and with $200 million in investor funding, the future may be closer than you think. Israel, in cooperation with Renault/Nissan have drawn up a plan to make Israel energy independent within a decade–with the government committing to the tax incentives and infrastructure and Renault/Nissan committed to the mass production of electric cars for sale to John Q. Public (or Yaakov B. Tzibur as the case may be).

While the motivation for a country like Israel to free itself from dependence on Middle Eastern Oil is fairly obvious, the solutions proposed by Project Better Place claim to be scalable to a nation of any size.

Now, perhaps the expense of filling my car at $65 a pop has me seeing oases of oil-free living that are not as close as the mirror of my mind would have them appear. But, given the billions that the petroleum industry is clearing in profits, you would think there might be a billion or two out there to fund something like this? Come to the free event, next Thursday at the Washington DCJCC and find out. In the mean time, enjoy the CGI gasoline-free future in the clip below or visit PBP founder Shai Agassi’s blog The Long Tailpipe.

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3 Responses

  1. Years ago I took a course at Walter Reed. I stayed at the Woodner. is that near you?

    While electric cars are great, Israel still burns coal for its electricity. While not coming from Binladenland, it is still imported ,and if you are a believer in man made global warming it is aCO2 producer.

    We’re down the hill from the Woodner at 16th and Q. Excellent point about the coal, although Israel is also hoping to further develop its solar power industry. It won’t replace coal anytime soon, but it’s a start.

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