Piaggio Set to Sell Porter Electric Van in Israel

Piaggio Porter pictured at right has electric driving range of 7-120 km with a top speed of 60 km/hr.

Published: 07-Feb-2008

Scooter maker Piaggio will be the first company to market an electric car in Israel. Sales are set to begin in about a month, three years before the expected launch of Shai Agassi's electric car initiative. Figaro's Porter model is a small multipurpose van (MPV) that runs on an electric 12 or 14 horsepower engine that can reach a maximum speed of 58 km/h.

These qualities, along with the vehicle's short length of 3.37 meters, make it suitable only for urban use. The car is able to run for 250 kilometers on a full battery charge that takes just two hours. The battery can be charged with normal home outlets.

The lightweight MPV will be the first to enjoy the tax breaks offered by the green taxation commission. A spokesman for the company said the firm has won approval in principle for a purchase tax rate of just 10% even before the green tax law is passed in the Knesset, bringing the cost to consumers to NIS 120,000.

The Porter will be sold in Israel in five models including the passenger model (with four seats), the closed commercial model with a payload capacity of 560 kg, and two open deck models, with or without a tipper bar, making them suitable for light earthworks transport.


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