Israel to install 2,000 volts in electric car charging system
Israel will install 2.5 million volts of voltage stabilizers for its electric car charger system, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday.
The plan will cost an estimated $300 million, and is a response to the country’s rapid electrification.
“We are going to add 2.0 million volts,” Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz.
“It will be a massive change in our car charging infrastructure.”
The Prime Minister’s Office said that the system will be in place in 2019, and will provide a voltage stabiliser for the countrys electricity network.
It’s not clear what kind of protection the voltages will offer.
Israel’s grid has experienced significant problems in recent years due to a lack of solar and wind power generation, but the Prime Minister said the new voltages could help restore some of the grid’s power generation.
The prime minister said that “the government has been talking to many countries, and it was decided to use the voltage stabilizing capabilities in the country.”
The voltages would provide the same voltage as the grid, and would also keep the electric car system from overheating.
But Israel has struggled with a lack to keep its grid stable and reliable, and many experts say it will likely take decades for the voltagers to come online.
Israel has long used its existing grid, which provides electricity to some 1.5 billion people, to charge electric vehicles.
But recent years have seen an increase in battery storage, a technology that is supposed to increase battery life and allow electric vehicles to be more efficient.