Israel Katz, Israel's Minister of Transportation & Road Safety, confirmed that Israel will import 1,000 mini electric vehicles (EVs) for a test project, weighing the possibility of incorporating them into Israel's municipal traffic.
Electric vehicles run entirely on electricity. Electric vehicles rely on an internal battery pack that powers an electric motor, which creates the needed propulsion for the car. In most electric vehicles, the battery pack inside the vehicle is recharged by plugging it in to an electrical outlet or special electric vehicle charger.
Electric vehicle is a playful vehicle particularly suited to the new urban mobilities, with easy handling and minimum dimensions.
The ministry noted that the one-year pilot program will launch in August 2014. During that time, the general public will be able to purchase the tiny electric cars from select dealerships approved by the Ministry.
Katz said that the pilot is to be implemented under a policy to encourage electric vehicle use and reduce air pollution. The mini vehicles are designed to be small enough to fit easily into small parking spaces while still maintaining maneuverability.
The weight of the vehicle - without battery and charger - is just 400 kilograms. During the first stage of the program, the vehicles will be marketed only to private individuals and be limited to intra-city travel and municipal roads.