The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) and Jewish National Fund (JNF) is lending support to local authorities throughout the country to set up car sharing projects in their areas. This will allow residents to "rent" a car for short periods of time. Availability of these cars should lead to reduced travel in private vehicles. This, as well as the fact that the fleet will be made up of 160 electric cars and 40 hybrids, will result in less vehicular pollution (and less congestion on the road.) Electric cars do not emit pollutants while operating, and hybrids emit far fewer pollutants than conventional internal combustion engine vehicles. The project is one of several that are part of a debt agreement that transferred NIS 220 million from the JNF to the MoEP for projects aimed at reducing air pollution, energy efficiency, and improving quality of life in Israel.
In November 2016 the MoEP approved the establishment of an NIS 8.6 million car sharing project in and around Haifa Bay. 160 electric cars and 40 hybrids will be available for the first phase of the car sharing operation.