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Electric cars: Switzerland can restrict their circulation

An emergency plan put forward by the Swiss government states that private electric cars will be shut down if the energy crisis worsens

Switzerland could limit the use of personal electric cars this winter unless there is a proven need. This is one of the most discussed measures contained in the emergency plan put forward by the Swiss government aimed at countering potential power outages in worst-case scenarios. The union finds itself embroiled in the continental energy crisis, which has been exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine and for this reason is still far from a visible solution in the short term. Although the situation is certainly delicate, the cantonal representatives let it be understood that the plan was drawn up with the intention of anticipating any scenario and applying an appropriate response according to the level of emergency. Therefore, at present, there are no conditions for blocking private electric vehicles to limit the freedom of movement of citizens.

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Swiss planning is a precautionary measure in the face of growing uncertainty and tensions. The country on the other side of the Alps is very attentive to its energy needs and among the most virtuous from the point of view of sustainable production of electricity. 60% of the national demand is actually met by the many hydroelectric power plants that lie along the Alps, exploiting water reservoirs. The remainder is imported with a variable share of between 25% and 30% from France and Germany. Above all, it is the internal difficulties of the two big European countries that have called for a contingency plan to be put in place, in case imports are restricted or completely prohibited. The ban on the circulation of electric cars is a very drastic measure because in 2022 electric cars accounted for 2.3% of all sales in Switzerland. In detail, the top five most successful cars are: Skoda Octavia, Tesla Model Y, Volkswagen Tiguan, Tesla Model 3 and Volkswagen Golf. The two electric cars in the ranking confirm the growing trend of low-emission cars, even if they are far from representing the majority of the fleet on the road. However, the use of electricity poles of medium and high intensity can compromise energy security which, in the event of very serious difficulties, must protect families and businesses above all.

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