Switzerland’s alleged EV ban proves electricity still isn’t a one-stop mobility solution: Here’s why

A number of reports circulating the internet report that Switzerland is mulling over banning electric vehicles, however, that is not entirely the case. In fact, Switzerland has only drafted emergency proposals to avoid an energy crisis that they anticipate during the winter season.
Confused? Well, 60 percent of Switzerland’s energy supply depends upon hydroelectric power, according to the Telegraph. As water resources freeze up during the winter, it becomes difficult to produce more energy and the country depends upon its reserves to survive the season.

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Is that why they have banned EVs? To conserve energy reserves?
Not exactly, the country has only drafted emergency proposals that outline four stages of escalation in the event of an energy crisis. Moreover, restrictions on electric mobility would kick in only in the third stage. According to the draft prepared by the Swiss Federal Council, ‘private use of electric cars is only permitted for absolutely necessary journeys.’ This a reminder, that this would be the SOP in case the energy crisis escalates to level three.
Reports of Switzerland’s energy management plans broke on the same day as the Delhi government announced that it is re-imposing a ban on BS3 petrol and BS4 diesel vehicles from plying on the roads due to ‘severe’ AQI, triggering Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP)’s Stage-III restrictions.

BS3 petrol and BS4 diesel vehicles banned in Delhi to cope with 'severe'AQI

BS3 petrol and BS4 diesel vehicles banned in Delhi to cope with ‘severe’AQI

What is worthy of observation here is that both Switzerland and India are planning to, or deploying, covid lockdown-style plans to mitigate the different crises of energy and air pollution. The one thing common here is that they are going after mass mobility. India is going after fossil fuel cars due to pollution and Switzerland may go after EVs to conserve its energy reserves.
The takeaway here is simple, EVs are currently being touted by some as a one-stop solution for every country to reach their net-zero carbon emission goals by 2070. However, as many experts have pointed out on TOI Auto’s platform, that is not the case. In fact, the future of mobility depends upon several kinds of solutions that suit a country based on its geographical location, energy resources and domestic resources. While pure EVs might be the perfect solution for countries that predominantly utilise renewable energy, for other countries such as India, Japan and Switzerland, hybrid electric vehicles could be more suitable in the short to medium-term as they do not depend on energy sources but rather generate their own while lowering emissions and fuel-consumption significantly. Clearly, EVs are the next big step in the world of mobility but they are still far off from mass adoption across geographies like oil is.

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In June 2022, Ahmad Al Khowaiter, Chief Technology Officer, Aramco told TOI Auto, ‘We do feel that globally, hybrids actually have the biggest role to play in reducing the emissions of ICE engines. In terms of improving combustion efficiency and having an immediate impact around the world. We think there is going to be a mix of hybrids and other technologies going forward. A growing share of pure EVs will help but it also makes a lot of sense to accelerate low-carbon and alternative fuels such as Ethanol.’
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