Friday, June 15, 2018

Israel May 2018

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Back from the Dead

After a looong absence, Israel is back at EVS, since then a lot has happened, the Better Place project went belly up, and with it the local plug-in market also disappeared (Down from a 0.4% peak in 2012), but in the meantime, regular HEVs surged and became mainstream, with the current leader in the general ranking being the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, while the Kia Niro is also a Top 10 presence, with Israel becoming a sort of HEV Holy Land, so are PHEVs also surfing the Hybrid wave?   

The response is a loud "YES!", despite BEVs being still a symbolic presence (Basically a couple of dozen Zoe), plug-in hybrids joined the current Hybrid Fever, mostly thanks to the European Premium brands, allowing the PEV market to reach an impressive 1.3% this year.

The current leader is the Volvo XC60 PHEV, followed by two other Midsize SUVs, the Mercedes GLC350e and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, while outside the podium, two other Mercedes make the Top 5.

Just below this Top 5, we find the BMW PHEVs and the Audi A3 e-Tron, all above the three digits. 


  1. It will be very difficult to predict the progress of EV in Israel. On the one hand it still has no charging infrastructure on the roads and most of the population has no private parking so there is difficulty loading. On the other hand, there are two factors that will help: 1. The country is very small, and the model 3 model cars can cross it all in one load. 2. The price of fuel in Israel is much more expensive than in Europe and the cost of electricity is cheaper than in Europe, so Israelis have a greater incentive to switch to electricity

  2. And the only ev offered for sale in israel is the Zoe at $ 40k!

    1. On this site and elsewhere, we count plug-in hybrids as EVs too. Zoe would be a BEV ("Battery Electric Vehicle").
      Also, the i3 BEV is also advertised in Israel... but it costs 2x as much as the Zoe, which is itself >2x what it would cost in France!

  3. Wow, I guess the source is, but they're giving you the full list privately? Nice work by and yourself!

    The ZOE is ridiculously overpriced in Israel, starting at >NIS130k (>$31k/Eu36k). This despite the fact BEVs get a very generous tariff discount. The importer just pockets this discount, taking advantage of people's ignorance. By comparison, the Clio starts at <NIS90k.

    One dude actually just self-imported a used 2017 Leaf from the US. Including shipment and all the commissions and tariffs, he paid NIS88k.

    1. A good soul has provided me the numbers… ;)

      That's what you get when you have the best readers out there! :)

  4. Haha, yes, citizen journalism is the best, as long as it's rooted in fact...

    I messed up the ZOE price above. Of course it's 31k Euros and $36k and not the other way round.

  5. Israel's needs to decarbonise its electricity though - currently it seems that 98% of electricity generation comes from fossil fuels so the benefits of evs are not obvious as they could be