Israel’s largest car maker has offered to buy the second-hands of electric-vehicle makers like Haifa-based Tesla for a guaranteed price of $3.50 per kilometer, the newspaper reported on Wednesday.
According to the Haaretz report, Haifa businessman David Katz said he had received a call from a Tesla executive on Tuesday asking if he could arrange a deal, but that it was too late to accept it.
The company also promised to give Haifa a second-by-second discount, the report added.
Israel has a large electric car market.
The country has one of the highest electric car charging stations in the world, and Haifa is home to a large network of charging stations.
On Wednesday, Haaretz reported that Haifa authorities had opened an investigation into the sale of cars that belonged to second-generation manufacturers such as Tesla.
The Haifa municipality’s chief inspector, Shlomo Shvartz, said he was not aware of any other similar case.
The report did not specify the specific company in question.
In July, HaIFA’s mayor, Yosef Reuven, said the sale to Tesla of second-gen electric-cars was not illegal, but said the city was open to an alternative buyer if Haifa can’t find a buyer.
Tesla had said that it would not accept any deal in which the price would exceed $3 per kilometre.
Haifa residents are accustomed to electric cars charging stations, which are built to last several days.
“We have been able to sell to Haifa’s electric-mobility company a large number of electric cars for around $3,000, so that is something that we are happy about,” said Katz, who has already been to HaIFA to buy a Tesla for about $4,000.
Tesla said that the company was not commenting on the report.
Electric-car makers such as Haifa have become increasingly important in the Israeli market in recent years as prices have fallen in recent decades.
As part of the deal, Haifas electric-sport-activities will be granted a second lease on a Tesla that it bought for $2.7 million in 2018.
HaIFA officials said they are working on building a similar program for Haifa.
Israel’s electric car industry is booming.
In 2016, Haisifa, Haaland and Givat Shlomovitz were among the top three cities in the country for electric-auto sales.
The country is home of Haifa International Airport and has more than 1,500 charging stations across the country.
The city is also home to the world’s largest lithium-ion battery storage facility, which is capable of storing nearly 500,000 megawatt-hours (MW) of electricity.