In an ironic turn of events, Switzerland is actually considering banning electric cars.
This, of course, has to do with the upcoming energy crisis that European governments will have to face in the winter.
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Government officials from various countries in Europe are bracing for the energy crisis that will hit the Old Continent in the coming months.
Nearly all European countries, both in and outside the European Union, have levied sanctions against Russia in the aftermath of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
As a consequence, energy prices continue to rise and supply will likely shrink.
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For this reason, Swiss government officials have been drafting emergency proposals to restrict power usage in certain cases.
Having said that, Switzerland would not opt for a blanket EV ban.
Instead, under the new bill, electric car owners could use their cars for ‘essential’ trips only.
Switzerland has been at the forefront of electric vehicle adoption for quite some time now.
Electric cars made up nearly 22% of new vehicles registered in the country last year.
This means Swiss motorists buy more EVs than their American, British and even Canadian counterparts.
Also, that number goes up significantly if we include plug-in hybrid vehicles which, just like EVs, can be charged using domestic plug sockets.
When it comes to cars, the snowball effect that sanctions created could end up having a long-term impact on the market.
Like many other European countries, Switzerland heavily relies on imported energy, especially during the winter months.
The country is trying to diversify its supply routes but this will inevitably take some time.
In the meantime, other countries could temporarily go for a partial EV ban like Switzerland.