Opportunities and risks of electromobility in Switzerland

Expert study (2011-2012)


Overdevelopment of the countryside, uncontrolled streams of traffic and the consumption of natural resources all of these entail are giving rise to some concern. At first glance, electric vehicles could help at least to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and the emission of CO2. But on closer examination, the potential for conflict created by electromobility is proving to be considerable.

Opportunities and risks of electromobility

There are a number of arguments in favour of increased use of electric vehicles: they do not harm the environment with pollutants, they are noise-free in operation, and they reduce dependency on raw material suppliers, not all of whom are known for their political reliability.

Electromobility gives rise to problems in that Switzerland is unable to cover a sharp rise in demand for electricity with renewable energy sources (such as hydropower, wind and solar energy). The question that would arise is whether Switzerland wishes to build new nuclear power stations itself, or import electricity from nuclear installations abroad. Moreover, the mineral oil tax is the most important source of revenue for financing infrastructure projects for road transport. If this revenue were to disappear, this would have serious consequences either for infrastructure quality or for the government’s funding tools.

Media release of January, 21 2013
in French and German


Supported by

  • Centre for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS
  • Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE
  • Federal Roads Office FEDRO
  • Federal Office for the Environmnet FOEN

Project mandataries

  • Dr. Rainer Zah, EMPA, St Gall (Project Manager)

  • Hans-Jörg Althaus

  • Marcel Gauch, EMPA Dübendorf

  • Denise Fussen,

  • Peter De Haan, Ernst Basler + Partner AG, Zollikon 

  • Frank Bruns, Ernst Basler + Partner AG, Zollikon

Supervisory group

  • Dr. Ruedi Jörg-Fromm, Zürich, TA-SWISS Steering Committee (chairman of supervisory group)
  • Heidi Blattmann, Herrliberg, TA-SWISS Steering Committee
  • Christian Bühlmann, Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE, Ittigen
  • Volker Fröse, Federal Roads Office FEDRO, Bern
  • Lino Guzzella, ETH Zürich
  • Dr. Stefan Hirschberg, Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, Villigen
  • Kurt Hug, University for Applied Science of Berne, Vaufflin
  • Christian Jahn, Federal Roads Office FEDRO, Bern
  • Mario Keller, INFRAS, Bern
  • Dieter Kraft, Bosch, Stuttgart
  • Fridolin Stähli, University for Applied Science Northwestern of Switzerland, Windisch
  • Prof. Dr. Daniel Wachter, Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE , Bern
  • Michael Weber, Federal Office for the Environmnet FOEN, Bern 

TA-SWISS Project management

  • Dr. Lucienne Rey, TA-SWISS. E-Mail


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