As part of a new four-step plan to prevent power disruptions, Switzerland may have to outlaw the use of electric vehicles (EVs) this winter if its present energy crisis worsens. In the event that Switzerland runs out of energy this winter, non-essential trips involving electric vehicles will not be permitted.
Switzerland worries that this winter will see an energy catastrophe because of its reliance on imports. Hydroelectricity accounts for over 60% of Switzerland’s energy needs.
The administration has already planned to phase down nuclear power facilities, which produce another 30% of the energy. The remaining energy sources in Switzerland are made up of wind farms and conventional fossil fuels.
If conditions deteriorate this winter, Swiss officials have prepared emergency ideas that limit power usage.
For instance, stores could have to close earlier, streaming options might need to be restricted, and structures might only need to be heated to 20 degrees Celsius, or 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Concerts, plays, and sporting events might also be prohibited in order to avoid a blackout.
Crisis and emergency are the two tiers of the nation’s emergency plan. The first layer similarly contains three levels of restrictions, and the third tier has two levels of restrictions.
According to the supply level, Swiss officials will activate each tier and level. Buildings will only be able to be heated to a maximum of 20 degrees Celsius. Electric vehicles will only be used for necessary travels as the situation worsens, and in the worst case, concerts and athletic events won’t be held anymore.
Following the passage of a law limiting the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035, the statement was made.