On July 2, 2010, the government of Israel passed a resolution stating that it “sees research, development, and implementation of technologies that reduce global oil use in transport as a national mission that requires harnessing national resources” and set this goal as a top priority, in light of strategic national interest, environmental considerations, and economic potential.
The Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative was established the following year, headed from within the Prime Minister’s Office. It was budgeted for ten years in order to create regulatory stability and an investment horizon for market stakeholders, and includes tools to strengthen scientific and applied research in the field and strengthen entrepreneurship and industry. Two additional government solutions laying out various means and goals were passed in 2011 and 2013.
On January 22, 2017, the government of Israel approved NIS 250 million, to be spread over five years as part of the national plan for smart mobility. The program has two main objectives: first, to strengthen Israel as a center of knowledge in terms of smart mobility; and second, to promote innovative solutions for transportation in Israel. The national plan for smart mobility complements the national plan for alternative fuels.
Some of the main steps of the program:
Together with nine partner government ministries, the Initiative aims to create a business-supportive environment for the market through simplification of bureaucratic processes and a means to quickly respond to market changes and needs. It supports Israel’s interdisciplinary nature and Israeli entrepreneurs’ operational agility, as well as cutting-edge academic research and exceptional cooperation between academic institutions and industry.
The scope of work performed by Initiative partners within the various government ministries and related agencies is massive, affecting about 500 companies, 220 research groups, and hundreds of entrepreneurs. But it goes further, in working to share technological and regulatory expertise across the world – this is, after all, a global issue that requires international collaboration.