Mobility Congress: E for energy, energy transition, electric cars, electrification, emissions

In Lucerne, representatives from business, politics and academia got together to discuss what is needed for a successful energy and mobility transition. Right in the middle of it all was Mobility, with its pilot project V2X Suisse – and an electric car in the conference hall.

Text   Alexandra Stäuble


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The Mobility Congress has offered around 300 interested parties a platform for discussion and dialogue since 2017. The 2024 Congress at the Swiss Museum of Transport attracted a record number of participants. In addition to a packed conference hall, around 60 participants watched speakers from the worlds of business, politics and academia via a live stream. Energy took centre stage on the Wednesday afternoon. E for energy, energy transition, electric cars, electrification and emissions. But the afternoon also saw discussion of a range of other concepts such as transportation, photovoltaics, power, sustainability, targets and traffic. The conclusion: everyone will need to get involved if the energy and mobility transition are to be a success.

At the Museum of Transport, cars are there to be touched: Mobility’s Honda e was driven into the conference hall.

Mobility’s pilot project offers inspiration and a challenge

Everyone is called on to play their part – a motto that fits in well with Mobility’s status quo. Mobility CEO Roland Lötscher introduced visitors to the pilot project V2X Suisse. Over the past year and a half, Mobility has been testing the operational feasibility of bidirectional charging in regular car sharing activities. Here you can find out everything you need to know about the pilot project involving 50 Mobility cars across Switzerland that are both absorbing and releasing electric power. The project is about to be finalised, and in the months to come an assessment will be carried out to see whether or not the technology is suited to car sharing. The final report is expected to be published in July. At the Congress, Lötscher revealed initial findings from Mobility'’ perspective:

  • e-car sharing with bidirectional charging seems possible
  • It has been shown to be technically feasible 
  • The process chain works
  • The project has passed the SwissGrid prequalification
  • The project V2X Suisse has attracted interest, acting as both a source of inspiration and a challenge
Jointly committed to V2X Suisse: Roland Lötscher (l.) and Markus Kramis, CEO of EVTEC.

Bidirectional charging is seen as the future of e-mobility. If you would like to find out more about how far Switzerland has come in this respect: read our Q&A with e-mobility expert Volker Fröse.

The learning curve is steep

V2Suisse is not the only way in which Mobility is playing a pioneering role. “We’re looking to electrify our entire fleet by 2030 – that’s around 3,000 vehicles. The biggest hurdle to a fossil-free fleet? “Providing the infrastructure,” says Roland. He goes on to explain: “Every electrified car park involves intense discussion and a lot of work. Electrification is a major endeavour and we rely on the right framework conditions being established as we embark on this challenging path.” But the Mobility boss is confident about the future: “It’s an intense process, but the learning curve is extremely steep.” 

Find out here why it takes around six months for Mobility to get an electric parking space up and running.

But the most important message from Mobility CEO Roland Lötscher this afternoon is a different one. “What’s important to me is that the areas of mobility and energy become even more closely intertwined and are conceptually coordinated: there’s going to be much more interchange between the two in the future. My job is to ensure Mobility is even more solidly placed within this fascinating environment and to position our messages accordingly. Change is coming and we have a lot to learn, but we must never forget our core business: car sharing!

The Mobility boss talks about key insights gained from the V2X Suisse project.

VBL boss Laurent Roux’s greatest wish: reliable and attractive public transport that encourages people to change the way they travel. In the run-up to the Mobility Congress, Mobility met with the CEO of Lucerne’s public transport provider VBL. In the interview, Roux reveals what he personally contributes to the mobility transition and why he travels by bus every day.

Images: Fabian Stamm

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