Israel: Tel Aviv to ban polluting vehicles
Tel Aviv is currently drawing up a strategic plan for the electrification of traffic in the Israeli city. This also includes banning “polluting vehicles” from Tel Aviv as of 2025. In the rest of the country, combustion engines will also be inexorably facing extinction.
The Tel Aviv-Yafo municipal council, headed by Mayor Ron Huldai, is currently putting together a strategic plan for the electrification of transportation in the city and generally targeting the reduction of air pollution and noise in the area. What still remains unclear, is exactly which vehicles are considered “environmentally harmful” and therefore facing a ban. According to Globes online news site, plans are still at an early stage. The council also expects that the demand for electric cars will increase due to falling battery prices and higher ranges.
The strategy could fundamentally change traffic in the Israeli metropolis, particularly because private cars are not the only modes of transport to be affected. The city is also developing plans for the electrification of larger fleets such as rental cars, taxis and buses. According to the report, the measures will be implemented gradually: Until 2021, electric transport will initially receive financial incentives. Between 2022 and 2025, the municipality will focus on the electrification of large vehicle fleets.
The city of Tel Aviv is not alone with such plans: The Israeli government plans not to allow new cars with petrol or diesel engines to be sold from 2030. As Energy Minister Yuval Steiniz announced last year, petrol and diesel engines are to be replaced by electric cars and gas-powered vehicles. The ban on combustion engines will be accompanied by tax breaks for low-emission vehicles and the financing of charging infrastructure.