Less CO2, more electricity

The result of a one-week experiment in Anwil, a small village in Basel, Switzerland is astonishing: 3.8 tons less CO2 and 8.5 percent higher electricity usage.

From the 10th until the 15th of September the 142 inhabitants switched from gas and diesel cars to electric cars. The power grid stayed stable despite peaks in demand and the week happened without noteworthy difficulties, but with 100 percent electro fun, as the energy provider EBL reported.

Anwil experimented together with EBL how the energy system is changing due to the technological progress in mobility and living. 97 electric cars, 25 e-bikes, five e-motorcycles, one electrical vehicle of the town, one electrical craftsman-vehicle and one electrical dump truck were used for the project. All the driving information was collected during the week and evaluated.

In total the inhabitants drove 27,000 kilometers. Converted to the whole year the CO2 usage could be reduced by 880 tons and deducted off the electricity costs $320,000 of fuel costs for gas and diesel could be saved. During the week the energy grid was supervised by the EBL and the usage was recorded. Short peaks in demand up to 100 percent were registered, but the grid stayed stable.

The 27 photovoltaic systems, installed on the rooftops of Anwil, produced enough energy during the sunny week to cover the usage of all electric cars.

With all those numbers keep in mind that the village has only 142 inhabitants: one can only imagine what would happen if a whole city like New York would switch to electricity only.

Source: EBL

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