Israelis will no longer be able to buy new gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles after 2030, the Energy Ministry Yuval Steinitz said, unveiling a plan to replace them with alternative fuel cars and trucks. The challenge will be creating an initial “critical mass” of cars that will move the local industry away from gasoline and diesel engines, requiring all new vehicles to be either fully electric or powered by natural gas, according to the minister.
The plan, released a day after a U.N. report on climate change called for major changes in the way humankind uses energy, includes an electric vehicle campaign to completely wean Israel off gasoline, diesel and coal, as well as the promotion of natural gas adoption in heavy duty vehicles. Israel in recent years discovered huge deposits of natural gas, and fuel is currently being implemented on a wider scale at power stations throughout the country.
“From 2030 we won’t allow anymore the import of diesel or gasoline cars to Israel,” Steinitz said to Reuters. All new cars will be electric. Buses and trucks will be either electric or run on compressed natural gas.
The government, he said, is expected to approve the plan by the end of the year.