With expansion projects around the world, it can be a little tough to keep track of Tesla’s plans.
On Tuesday, Tesla announced that it is officially open for sales in Israel, just a month after the Transportation Ministry approved the automaker for import, according to the Jerusalem Post. Customers can place their orders online using the company’s website.
Tesla’s first service center in Israel has also opened in Petah Tikva. The company also has a Model 3 displayed in Tel Aviv’s Ramat Aviv Mall, where onlookers will also be able to take it out for a test drive.
The Model 3 Standard Range Plus price starts at NIS 179,213 ($54,351.27 USD) in Israel, including value added tax (VAT).
The Model S will cost somewhere between NIS 420,000 and 739,000 ($127,376.56-$224,122.09 USD), while the Model X will cost somewhere between NIS 446,000 and NIS 645,000 ($135,261.77-$195,614.00 USD).
Tesla has also shared plans to open fast-charging stations in both Tel Aviv and Haifa, with more stations coming later this year. The charging infrastructure is likely Tesla’s largest barrier from mainstream adoption in Israel, despite having overcome quite a bit to even be able to sell cars in the country.
In any case, this newest move also marks the first outside electric vehicle (EV) company to enter the country of Israel. And with it, comes a new age of sustainable transportation, and hopefully many more EV companies in the future.
Zachary Visconti is a news writer covering Tesla and other EV companies, as well as stories about electric battery news, autonomous driving, and all things sustainable technology. Currently residing in Santa Rosa, California. Loves his wife, his cat Banks, and a good cup of coffee.