Tesla has registered a wholly-owned subsidiary in the Middle Eastern territory of Israel, a move that will allow the company to sell electric cars and mobile energy storage systems in the country that borders the Mediterranean Sea.
Tesla registered “Tesla Motors Israel” around two weeks ago with the country’s Registry of Foreign Companies. The reason for the registered subsidiary appears to be Israel’s strict regulations on vehicle imports in the country. Israel’s governing body of transportation, The Motor Vehicle Division of Misrad Hatachbura, does not allow vehicles to be imported from countries that are not registered in Israel.
Tesla’s attempt to bring its successful fleet of electric cars and alternative energy sources to Israel comes just six months after the Ministry of Energy is planning the construction and installation of at least 2,500 battery-powered vehicle charging stations by mid-2020, according to YNetNews.com.
The company has stated that its operation in Israel will be “importation, distribution, sale, maintenance, and repair of electric vehicles and mobile energy storage systems, energy generation systems and equipment, including solar panels, solar energy systems, and/or other solar energy conversion systems,” on the Registry of Foreign Companies.
While the company has been successful in selling its electric vehicles in countries outside its home in the United States, it will also look to bring sustainable and alternative forms of energy by using its solar roof tiles and home battery storage systems in Israel, a country with a rich history in solar energy that dates back to the 1950s.
In the transportation sector, Tesla will be competing with the likes of BMW, Porsche, and Renault, who have supplied Israeli citizens with electric cars most recently. The most affordable electric vehicle in Israel is currently the Renault ZOE, available for 129,990 Israeli New Shekels, or $37,431 USD. Tesla will likely maintain the ability to challenge the ZOE with its Model 3, the affordable sedan it began delivering to U.S. owners in July 2017. The Model 3 Standard Range starts at about $35,000 but is only available for order in Tesla stores or through a phone call.
Israel is one of twelve countries in the world to propose a complete phase-out of fossil fuels by 2030 according to a report from the Times of Israel. The Energy Ministry says that it plans to completely halt the use of petrol-based products in favor of natural gas or electric power. Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said, “We intend to reach a situation in which Israel’s industry will be based on natural gas, and most importantly, transportation in Israel will be based on natural gas or electricity,” during an energy conference in the most populated Israeli city of Tel Aviv. “From 2030 onwards, the State of Israel will create alternatives and will no longer allow the import of cars that run on gasoline and diesel fuel.” While they will still utilize natural gas, the overall goal is “zero pollutants,” according to Steinitz.
Tesla’s continuance of branching out to new countries and territories is an understanding that the sustainability goal will not come from simply fixing things in its home country of the United States. Musk’s goal of becoming environmentally-sustainable is a worldwide goal, and with the help of a government that seems to take the global climate change as a serious threat, Tesla and Israel can work together to fight emissions.