Switzerland is contemplating prohibiting non-essential travel in electric vehicles this winter as the continent tries to cope with a massive energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.
According to a new report, government authorities in the European country have already prepared drastic energy-saving plans, which may ultimately include even going so far as to restrict heat in buildings to no more than 68 degrees Fahrenheit and to limit the amount of hours retailers can be open per day.
Switzerland is prepared for an energy crisis this winter due to the country’s reliance on imports to get through the colder months.
Hydroelectric power provides around 60% of Switzerland’s energy supply.
Stricter rules, such as prohibiting major indoor gatherings such as athletic events, concerts, and theater performances, might be enforced as well if the situation continues to deteriorate.
Switzerland relies significantly on hydroelectric power, which accounts for over two-thirds of its energy supply, with the excess exported at the time of year when it can generate the most electricity from rain and snowfall.
The nation has established two levels of response to the energy situation: emergency and crisis.
In the third level of the emergency tier, electric cars would suffer restrictions.
California officials outlined a plan to phase out new gas-powered automobiles and then encouraged citizens to avoid charging their electric vehicles to prevent overloading the electricity system during a heat wave.