SwitzerlandThe Western European country does not have policies to support electric vehicle users, but this segment grows as the overall market declines.
The new car market in Switzerland decreased significantly in October, according to the announcement of the Swiss Automobile Importers Association on November 2, when total sales were only 15,000 cars. This result has decreased by nearly 30% compared to the same period in 2020. The reason is due to lack of chips.
In which, the market share of petrol cars in October was 50.1%. In the same period of 2020, the market share of cars with internal combustion engines reached 90%.
But while overall market sales stagnate, the electric vehicle market share continues to grow. In the first 10 months of the year, electric vehicles accounted for 11.6% of total sales. In October, a record was also set with 14.5% of new cars sold being electric.
The European market is transitioning to electric vehicles faster than the US, and Switzerland is no exception.
However, unlike most other Western European countries or the US, Switzerland does not have preferential policies for battery cars. But the growing popularity of electric vehicles is like a free-market phenomenon. One of the main reasons is the high average income.
In fact, leaders in Switzerland are still staunchly opposed to calls to support or promote the development of electric vehicles, one of the reasons being fears of an overloaded electrical system. A few years ago, the country decided to hold a referendum to eliminate nuclear power plants, and renewable energy sources caused controversy. Switzerland has a lot of hydrogen energy, but most of the suitable places are already mined.
The Green Party has also been staunchly opposed to wind turbines that block visibility. Then solar panels grew rapidly, but Switzerland is not one of the sunniest countries, especially in winter.
The public charging system in Switzerland is not lacking. There are about 20 Tesla Supercharger charging stations currently, and non-Tesla charging stations appear at regular highway stops.
Unlike Germany, France and Italy, Switzerland has no domestic automakers. But the country has hundreds of small and medium-sized suppliers to the auto industry, and many of them are in the electric mobility sector.
Charging station supplier ABB, charging cord supplier Huber+Suhner and battery maker Leclanché are just a few of the Swiss companies producing key components for electric vehicles.
Electric vehicle sales are up – a notable sign in a market as distinct as Switzerland – but the number of electric vehicles in the country still lags behind petrol and diesel cars. Although everything seems to be moving in the right direction, there is still a long way to go.
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