Tesla asks Israel to delay issuing its import license
The electric car company has not completed its rollout plan and wants to make it harder for private importers to sell cheaper used vehicles
Udi Etsion | 10:32 05.01.2021
U.S. electric car manufacturer Tesla has asked the Israeli Ministry of Transportation to delay the issuing of its import license even though it has met all the criteria to receive it after completing the construction of a dedicated service garage in the central city of Petah Tikva. The reason for the request: if there is no import license for Tesla vehicles, it makes it harder for others to bring used vehicles into the country and sell them at a much cheaper price. Tesla needs the import license in order to begin the widespread sale of its commercial models. However, the company, which is the first car manufacturer to operate directly in Israel without relying on a local importer, does not have a sufficient stockpile to begin selling, nor has it deployed its network of rapid charging stations, which it customarily does before entering a new market. Free use of the Supercharger network is one of the unique benefits Tesla plans to offer its Israeli customers.