Switzerland contemplating ban on use of Electric Vehicles

The country has drafted a proposal seeking a partial ban on electric vehicles as it is facing energy crisis because of the Russia-Ukraine war

RH Desk
December 07

With energy crisis hitting Europe this winter, Switzerland is mulling banning the use of Electric Vehicle, which are tipped to be future modes of mass transport.

Several reports have suggested that the government of Switzerland has drafted emergency proposals that seek a partial ban on EVs instead of an umbrella ban.

However, at the moment, ‘Ordinance on Restrictions and Prohibitions on the Use of Electric Energy’ is just a draft and it would only come in action when energy crisis reaches the third level out of the total four escalation levels.

“The private use of electric cars is only permitted for absolutely necessary journeys (e.g. exercising one’s profession, shopping, visiting the doctor, attending religious events, attending court appointments)”, the draft says. It further plans to enforce “restrictions and prohibitions on the use of electrical energy in order to secure the country’s electricity supply”.

If the country goes ahead with the proposed ban, this move could make Switzerland the first country in the world to ban electric vehicles.

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