Nicky Blackburn
April 26, 2011, Updated September 13, 2012

Better Place will begin selling electric cars in Israel this summer according to a report in Israeli newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, today.

The electric car infrastructure company founded by Shai Agassi, has reportedly closed its visitor’s center near Tel Aviv and will convert it into a sales center.

The first electric car to be sold to Israeli customers by Better Place is the Renault Fluence ZE. It will be followed by the Renault Zoe.

Israel is the first country in the world to install the cutting edge electric car network and will act as a pilot for a worldwide electric car grid.

The Dor Alon gas station chain earlier signed an agreement to install battery replacement points for the electric vehicles at all of its gas stations.

The sales center, at Glilot Junction, will be the company’s flagship store, and will be built in a huge warehouse that was used previously to store fuel.

The price of the cars has not yet been published, but Better Place is expected to reveal further details in May. Agassi has pledged that the price of purchasing and using an electric car will be lower than current costs of buying and running a gasoline-fuelled car.

In Israel there will also be a 10 percent purchase tax on electric vehicles, compared with 90% on regular cars.

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