Following rumours back in the middle of 2020 Telsa now has the go ahead to import its cars into Israel according to the country’s Globes newspaper. The Transport Ministry has approved the deal and sales will start within a few days.
Tesla is the first carmaker to obtain a licence to import its cars directly rather than go through a local dealer. Cars are expected on the roads of Israel within a few months depending on the lockdown situation.
Tesla are already looking at sites and obtaining licences for Supercharging stations to support its customers in the country. The electric car maker is also looking at setting charge points in public buildings and residential locations. The first Supercharging station is expected to be located in Tel Aviv.
Shagir Vehicle Service Limited, who are a supplier of automotive products and services, will provide road services for customers, while insurance is said to be offered through Direct Insurance.
Initially, Tesla will import the Model 3 with several versions available. For example the Model 3 SR+ offers a range of up to 274 miles (440km). It is believed the price of the Model 3 in Israel will start at NIS 250,000 (£57,389/$77,910/€63,464). Tesla’s Model Y crossover electric vehicle is expected to be arriving in the country soon after ready for testing.