We usually see news of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles being banned in favor of EVs, but this is a bit different as Switzerland is reportedly considering limiting the use of EVs in the event of power outages. electricity.
Although a new regulation is still being drafted, it was specified that “the private use of electric cars is only allowed for absolutely necessary trips,” according to.
There is no timetable yet as to when it will be implemented and it is only considered necessary when the most extreme energy saving measures are needed. In an attempt to further reduce electricity consumption, the country could also consider lowering the speed limit on its roads.
For now, electricity conservation efforts will focus on private homes and specific measures will be proposed. For example, washing machines should not run above 40 degrees Celsius, while leaf blowers and patio heaters are not allowed to run. Even streaming video is expected to be in standard definition.
While the Swiss seek to reduce the use of electric vehicles in the event of power outages, the rest of Europe has taken other conservation measures. Spain reported a four percent drop in electricity use since the first week of implementing restrictions in August, while Germany’s energy-saving plans include measures such as restricting the use of heated pools and heating set at 19 degrees.