Electric vehicles have become synonymous with promoting environmental protection in many European countries, but the power consumption brought about by their popularity may not be affordable. Recently, Switzerland has studied the revision of regulations and implemented various emergency measures in the face of energy shortages, including the prohibition of “non-essential” driving of electric vehicles.
According to reports, the Swiss authorities are considering amending regulations to formulate emergency response methods for energy shortages in response to the instability of energy supply caused by the recent war caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, so as to avoid large-scale power outages. In addition to suspending large-scale activities including concerts, theater performances and sports events, there are also reductions in heating temperatures and shortening store business hours, which include proposals to prohibit electric vehicles from driving when they are not necessary.
Currently, 60% of Switzerland’s electricity comes from hydropower, but its power generation decreases in winter, so most of its energy is imported. With the current unstable energy supply, the risk of power shortages continues to rise. Among the proposed countermeasures, the risk of energy shortage is divided into “dangerous” and “urgent” according to the balance of supply and demand. There are three and two levels respectively. Various corresponding measures will be implemented depending on the level of crisis. Prohibiting electric vehicles is equivalent. It will only be implemented at a high level.
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