The Israeli government is sponsoring a campaign to encourage widespread use of electric cars.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert signed a deal Monday with Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn under which the automotive conglomerate will produce electric cars for mass distribution in Israel beginning in 2011.
Project Better Place, a company headed by Israeli venture capitalist Shai Agass, will construct a national grid of thousands of stations where the cars can be recharged.
The signatories said Israel would be a proving ground for turning electric cars into the mass transit of choice in an era of oil jitters and environmental concerns.
According to Olmert, the government hopes to eliminate gasoline-based transportation in Israel by 2020.