Tesla is in talks to set up its first service center in Israel, which could be located next to the Kiryat Arye industrial park in Petah Tikva. Currently, representatives of the company are discussing with developers properties suitable for purchase. Tesla has focused on building a state-of-the-art hub that can offer technical support for electric vehicles.
In 2019, Tesla representatives arrived in Israel with 10 electric vehicles, which underwent test trips around the country, but the company was unable to obtain permission to import electric vehicles on a commercial scale. Nevertheless, the company strives to develop in this market.
According to Israeli law, in order to import vehicles for commercial business, the company must first open a car dealership. Adi Gigi, one of Tesla's local representatives, is working to find a suitable location for the company's headquarters, according to Calcalistech.
Ilan Benano was originally appointed head of Tesla's Israeli subsidiary but was forced to leave this post due to the inability to participate in the company's trainings in Europe because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. Tesla Israel is currently launching a new recruitment campaign for its service center.
The establishment of a repair service in Israel is critical to obtaining regulatory approval from Israel’s Ministry of Transport and Road Safety (MOT) to import and sell more than 20 cars a year.
Tesla also plans to hire engineers to develop the company's charging network for both home and commercial use. The selected engineers will liaise with local contractors who will perform maintenance on Tesla vehicles and stations, as well as dispatch electricians and engineers to check and troubleshoot industrial products at designated centers.
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