Talking Up The Israel-China Relationship On Electric Cars

This article was first published in JWeekly.

Jason Wolf (right) of Better Place and Yunshi Wang of the China Center for Energy and Transportation at U.C. Davis share ideas about the future of electric vehicles.

Most people still drive gasoline-powered cars, but many experts believe it is just a matter of time before everyone converts to electric vehicles. Three places are leading the way to that electric future: Israel, China and Silicon Valley.

Some 60 people gathered at a Mountain View law office on June 14 to learn more about the nexus of these centers of electric transportation innovation. “Driving Towards the Future: Israel, China and Electric Vehicles” was part of the Bay Area’s monthlong Israel China Cultural Festival.

One of the panelists, Jason Wolf, gave the audience a prediction: that within five years, 80 percent of the people in the room would own electric cars.

“It’s cheaper to drive on electricity and a battery than on gas,” said Wolf, the vice president of North America for Better Place, an Israeli provider of electric vehicle networks and services. “And driving on electricity is getting cheaper per mile and gas is getting more expensive.”

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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