Published on : Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Switzerland has envisaged it, put it to test and is on edge of making it an option for every citizen to travel with zero pollution automobiles.
By 2022, the Green Class Project could become a part of Swiss lifestyle, so every single citizen could travel without causing any pollution. BMW’s electric i3 car and premium high-speed electric cycles are the cynosure of the plan to make the city of Zurich zero pollution area.
In Bern, Fabian Scherrer, the manager of the project told that the idea was to mix the environmental modes of transport from the rail and on the road and offer both in one package.
The Swiss Federal Railways is also behind the project and the Swiss people, who voted for a lifestyle without a carbon footprint, own it. The Government of Switzerland is trying to make a lifestyle more comfortable and easy with zero pollution.
One high-class ticket for a year will allow one to take any form of public transport that Switzerland offers, including ships and cable cars. Dimitri Bukhart was one of 150 people selected to test this project. Under it, Dimitri Bukhart gets a first class ticket for unlimited use of Switzerland’s rail network, the BMW i3 electric car and two sharing platforms for cars and bicycles.
The high-tech non-pollutant car costs about Rs. 25 lakh, without import duties. But one can use that and the rest for a fraction of that cost — Rs. 8 lakh. Those selected for the project say it is still cheap.
After driving the BMW i3 car, Mr Bukhart was overwhelmed and said that it is best to ride a gas guzzler than a normal petrol car. Because after driving an electric car one can really don’t want to go back. It has changed his life because it made him think a lot more about the impact of the choices have on the environment.
The premium electric cycles called Stromer will run about 45 km per hour, while the ST2 version of the cycle will cost around Rs. 7 lakh and ST1 costs about Rs. 5 lakh. The difference in price is only for the sizes of batteries and accessories like brake lights, head light and electronic gear shifting.
Liam O’Brien, the Head of Business Development, Stromer E Bikes, indicated that India doesn’t have the infrastructure for cycles that operate at such high speeds. The big battery is a challenge to ship in India and it is considered as the considered dangerous.