Switzerland Become First Country to Ban EVs

This is done to reduce the use of vehicles that run on fossil fuels, petrol or diesel. But slowly, when issues started coming up with EVs, many countries moved backwards. Singapore has become the first country to impose a ban on using EVs.

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Switzerland Become First Country to Ban EVs

With the rising popularity of EVs in many parts of the world, the government has created regulations and subsidies to encourage the use of EVs. This is done to reduce the use of vehicles that run on fossil fuels, petrol or diesel. But slowly, when issues started coming up with EVs, many countries moved backwards. Singapore has become the first country to impose a ban on using EVs.

What are EVs?

EVs or electronic vehicles are known for running on low cost as they utilise lithium-powered batteries instead of petroleum. Its maintenance is relatively easy and does not involve the use of petrol, so there is a minimal generation of CO2, which makes it more environmentally friendly. Some EVS even run on lead acid. But mainly lithium batteries are used in electronic vehicles because it provides longevity and it can retain energy. However, there are various challenges associated with using lithium-powered batteries. As per the report by International Council on Clean Transportation, the nations which work on producing lithium batteries have a high effect on CO2 emissions. One major issue is that they can undergo thermal energy runaway. The lithium battery used in the Tesla Model S is the primary cause behind the explosion or fires in Tesla cars reported in 2019 in Belgium. You can check for the full report on Model S caught fire while charging.

Also Read: CM releases ‘Manipur Electric Mobility Policy, 2022’

Reasons to choose Electronic Vehicles.

Many big countries, including India, are moving towards imposing the use of electronic vehicles. The main reason is the numerous advantages offered by the electronic vehicle. The advantages include the following:

• The electronic vehicle has approximately 99% of less moving parts
• Create no noise
• No spark plug, clutch, or exhaust
• It does not burn fossil fuels which are already non-renewable.

Why did the Singapore government ban the use of EVs?

The Singapore government has banned the use of EVs for various reasons. As per the analysis done by the Union of Concerned Scientists, EVs are harmful to the environment as they can leave carbon footprints reported in Electric Cars & Global Warming Emissions | Union of Concerned Scientists (ucsusa.org). The processing and mining of lithium used in the battery are energy guzzlers. In simple terms manufacturing electronic vehicles require more energy than manufacturing regular cars. It has been found that electronic vehicles also generate 80% to 90 % of greenhouse gases in the environment. That means it is not at all a sustainable source of energy. Another essential thing to consider is that recycling the EVs battery takes work.

Another reason is that it generates much e-waste. Lithium batteries are not disposable, so that they can lead to the accumulation of e-waste. Due to all these reasons, the Singapore government has banned electronic cars.

You can look for the complete information on Switzerland may ban EVs to avoid blackouts – Der Spiegel — RT Business News.

Significant takeaways for the Indian Government

In developing countries like India, where pollution is a significant problem, especially in big cities like Delhi and Mumbai, the government is trying to reduce the use of cars that run on petroleum. However, India should learn from the case of Singapore. The main problem is the availability of electricity, which is very low in India, and the cost of EVs is relatively high, which most people need help to afford.

Although the electronic vehicle can be charged at home due to few charging stations, it’s impossible in public. So, in short, EVs cannot be considered the future of India.

 

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Switzerland Become First Country to Ban EVs
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This is done to reduce the use of vehicles that run on fossil fuels, petrol or diesel. But slowly, when issues started coming up with EVs, many countries moved backwards. Singapore has become the first country to impose a ban on using EVs.
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