Paz gas stations and other Israeli chains
are beginning to setup electric vehicle
charging stations all over Israel. They are
also getting into installing home charging
stations. See article at:
I think this is very good for the country.
Switching our reliance on imported gasoline to electric
vehicles that run off our natural gas power stations and
in the future renewable energy, is good.
Electric cars are still very expensive but the charging
infrastructure will also expand to include electric buses and
With all the problematic things going on with this government,
at least the electrification of the railways that started a
few years ago is continuing.
I have been watching quite a few video clips
about the new electric semi-trailers that are
entering the market this year. The Tesla semi-trailer,
when it finally reaches the market, is very cool.
Not only will electric semi-trailer trucks reduce
the import of gasoline, it will replace the desiel
fueled trucks that pollute the air. The electric
trucks are much cheaper to run and maintain
than desiel trucks.
There are over 37 million trucks in the USA
including over 5.5 million semi-trailers.
Tesla claims that its new electric semi-trailer
will save over $200,000 per year per semi-trailer.
When these trucks are available, and actually
begin to save companies alot of money, the
changeover will be relatively quick. Depending
on supplies, it could be just as quick as the
switch from phone land lines to mobile lines that
everyone has witnessed.
Major companies like Pepsico, Walmart,
Coca-Cola, etc.. are already testing and
ordering trucks for their fleets. It is a good start.
BTW - Pepsico, the biggest fleet,
has 9,308 semi-trailers - and thousands
of regular trucks. They ordered 100 semi-trailers
from Tesla. A drop in the bucket but at least a start.
This reminds me of the start of the desktop PC
and the start of portable phones.
Right before my aliyah back in 1984, I spent
several months selling computers and software
in a store in Brooklyn. I remember the first
IBM clones with 2 floppy drives and green text.
It was very expensive.
I also remember when Radio Shack would
advertise those big bulky mobile phones
which were very, very expensive and only
the rich could afford them.
Oh, and I remember back in college, connecting
to the Internet with an acoustic coupler modem
with the speed of 1,200 bits per second.
Today, with fiber, the home user can get speeds
of 500 megabytes for a reasonable price.
I am a big fan of solar energy but the costs
for the average household to convert is still
high. But remember that the cost of a water heater
back in the early 1980s, the dud shemesh on the roof,
probably started high. Today, it is hard to find a roof in Israel
that does not have one.
Electric cars are great. I drove one at
Better Place back in 2010:
I think the electric buses, electric trains and
electric semi-trailers will have a bigger affect
on the average Israeli.
There are many companies planning to bring out electric semi-trailers.
However, if Tesla succeeds, I think Tesla's can take a large slice of the market.
Here is a short new video about the new truck:
Here is a video over a year old, but also about the Tesla semi-trailer:
The technology world is changing very quickly.
I think it is very interesting to follow and watch it develop.
Feedback is welcome.
Have a good night,