The Motor Vehicles Importers Association officially welcomed Better Place's accession.
A vehicle industry source told "Globes" off the record, "Better Place's joining the association is like a Trojan Horse. Membership in the association will allow Better Place to obtain early information and prevent measures by regular car importers to foil or delay the deployment of electric cars in Israel, as well as facilitate the venture with the regulators."
The Motor Vehicles Importers Association comprises Israel's regular motor vehicle import agencies, and is considered a very influential lobby at several ministries.
At a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) conference in September, Better Place CEO Shai Agassi accused Israel's car importers for conspiring against his electric car venture. "40% of announcements in the financial columns of the newspapers are published by motor vehicle importers. We're threatening a large part of their business."
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