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Environmental Ministry plan envisions all city buses going electric by 2035

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

A bus driver sits in a bus and wears a face mask for fear of the coronavirus in downtown Jerusalem, March 16, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A bus driver sits in a bus and wears a face mask for fear of the coronavirus in downtown Jerusalem, March 16, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Environmental Protection Ministry releases for public comment a draft amendment to regulations that will compel urban public transportation operators to ensure that 50 percent of their buses run on electricity by 2026 and 100% by 2035.

Comments are welcome until August 8.

The ministry, working closely with counterparts at the energy and transportation ministries, is investing NIS 87 million ($26.7 million) to help the operators pay for the new buses, more than 100 of which are already on the roads today, with hundreds more planned for the coming year.

According to a statement, replacing diesel-run buses with electric ones will save around NIS 100 million ($30.7 million) per year in damage to public health and the environment, cutting pollution and noise and emitting 60% to 80% less carbon, which helps to heat the planet.

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