Usually, when someone starts talking to me about things like electric cars aren’t clean, because the electricity is dirty and the like, my answer usually is: That is a fascinating point we should definitely have an extended dialogue about one evening … and you’re buying the wine.

But what if I can’t have this dialogue and someone with media coverage like the International Auto Salon Geneva pumps out information like above? The GREENEST car in Switzerland: a DIESEL with a 3 litre consumption @ 79g/km CO2?


How can such a decision be made for an ICE car anyway? ICE cars shouldn’t be able to make it to the top of such a shortlist at all. The decision was made by 8 experts. Some of which, I might add, I would have expected to have a voice and weight for electric cars in such a panel.

Read the report (in German) to discover not only the gem above, but also, that none other than the huge and lumbering box-on-wheels Q7 from Audi is Switzerland’s favourite car and that the 3 candidates for the most Swiss car were Opel’s Astra, BMW’s (very affordable) 7-series sedan and Renault’s huge Espace.

Back to some weird statistics I found after asking myself: what are the greenest cars available?


Incredulous that an ICE-based car (even as a Hybrid) could be greener than an electric car, I dig deeper.


Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to go any further with my digging. Overall, it looks like a very interesting shuffle of numbers and ‘bins’ to get to these numbers. They calculate 19.2kWh/100km for a fortwo in a city – it will be definitely a challenge to get to that consumption in real-life! With over 22kWh on a highway, we’re at Tesla-consumption levels… That said: where are the Tesla’s on this list?

There is just one number I’d like to add to this list: 14 miles per kWh for a TWIKE!

On to another absolute gem. A few days ago, an exec for a well-known auto manufacturer parts provider was quoted saying: Euro 6 engines clean their immediate environment surrounding them, because the air leaving the engine is cleaner than the air entering the engine. Global fine particulate and emissions problems are only solvable by completely banning all cars or letting only Euro 6 vehicles into cities… because, after all, electric cars ARE UNABLE TO CLEAN THE AIR AROUND THEM!


Arghh! against wall

Well, not all is bad – on my way to Geneva, whilst reading a magazine, I’m pleasantly surprised.

Not all is bad
Not all is bad

I’m going to the Salon this year, as every year. Maybe there will be something to blog about. 🙂

This year I received sponsored tickets from multiple car manufacturers. I think I’ll use the one from the largest producer of electric vehicles in Switzerland with their recently unveiled electric kit-car produced just a mere 10 km from where I live.

Ah! A sponsored ticket by the right bunch of people :)
Ah! A sponsored ticket by the right bunch of people 🙂

The erod – I’ll definitely take it for a spin sometime soon! It reminds me of the Wrightspeed X1.

My BMW lounge tickets weren’t sponsored because of my much-read entry about my day in an i3 crossing 4 Swiss passes… unfortunately. BMW: I’d love to write more about your i* offerings, if I just would be able to get my hands on your cars more often. 😉

who wants to join me?
who wants to join me?

Even after all this ranting – I’m looking forward to the Salon!

2 Replies to “Getting ready for #geneva #gvamotorshow”

  1. LOL

    Did you read about Tesla in Singapor? There is plenty of web site talking about

    Have a nice Geneva Motor Show
    Next year you can come with me @ the Press day, it is less busy, and you will have your photographer with you 😉

    1. Hi Seb,
      Thank you for commenting! Yes, I saw that news item. It’s a timely reminder that electric cars are only as clean as the energy source they are charging from.

      It shows, furthermore, that in this case official bodies are reaching some very, very questionable conclusions regarding the consumption levels Teslas can have: It’s an interesting feat to go over 300Wh/km with a Tesla in a city over a longer period of time. (and Sing Gov puts it at 400+Wh/km! – it reminds me of an overnight charge in India where my TW560 was determined to have a 100kWh battery 🙂 )

      I’ll very gladly take on your offer for the press day at the GVA motor show next year… too many people indeed! (and finally some pictures of me, too)

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