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Informed reporting.Mobility media releases 2015.

21.12.2015Download press release as PDF

Mobility: 120 new Smarts at Swiss Federal Railway stations

Mobility is equipping 70 Swiss Federal Railway stations with a total of 120 new Smart fortwo cars. This move by Mobility and the Swiss Federal Railways is in response to the rise in demand for combined, sustainable mobility.

Federal statistics indicate that around one in two households in the country’s major conurbations do not run a car of their own. Instead, they use a combination of car sharing, rail, bus, bicycle and other means of transport. Viviana Buchmann explains: "Car sharing works best when combined with public transport. That’s why we work closely with public transport providers, especially the Swiss Federal Railways. "The current offer of 1’090 Mobility vehicles at railway stations is now receiving a shot in the arm: 120 brand-new Smart fortwo cars are being brought in to replace the previous model. The Swiss Federal Railways "arrow" logo they bear on their sides is a prominent expression of the close partnership that exists between the two organisations, and of the seamless linking of road and rail. "Our customers frequently use Mobility after arriving by train," says Jeannine Pilloud, Head of Passenger Traffic at the Swiss Federal Railways. This way of getting around is convenient, time-saving and environmentally responsible. "We are delighted to have a visual presence on the Mobility cars emphasising the close link between road and rail."

Study shows car sharers use more public transport
The results of an Interface study show that car sharing and public transport are closely interwoven. Although car sharers on average cover the same distance as the rest of the Swiss population holding a driving licence, around half of their travelling is undertaken using public transport. This has a positive impact on the environment, with 20’500 fewer tonnes of CO2 emitted – equivalent to 542’000 car trips between St. Gallen and Geneva.

Low emissions and satellite navigation
The Smart fortwo’s emission rating of 95 g CO2/km – substantially below the Swiss average for new cars of 142 g CO2/km – meets Mobility’s stringent ecological criteria. To ensure its customers waste no time arriving at their intended destination, Mobility has equipped the new cars with satellite navigation.

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CONTACTS
Patrick Eigenmann, Communication & Media Officer, telephone 041 248 21 11, p.eigenmann(at)mobility.ch

Swiss Federal Railways Press Office, telephone 051 220 41 11, press(at)sbb.ch

11.08.2015Download press release as PDF

Car sharing automobiles much more environment-friendly than the Swiss average

According to the latest figures issued by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, the CO2 emissions level of new automobiles in Switzerland is 142 g/km. The figure for Mobility vehicles is one third below this.

The car sharing provider Mobility offers its customers a network of 2’700 vehicles throughout the whole of Switzerland. The company renews this fleet on an ongoing basis: 874 new cars were registered last year alone. According to Communication Officer Patrick Eigenmann, particular attention is paid to safety features and simple operation. "The other aspect is that we only include low-emissions cars in our range," he says. A CO2 emissions level of just 95 grams per kilometre proves the success of this strategy. "This puts our new cars one third below the Swiss average. It’s something we’re certainly proud of - after all, we care a lot about sustainable mobility."

2.2 litres less fuel per 100 kilometres
New Mobility automobiles boast similarly positive figures when it comes to fuel consumption. The level here is 3.9 litres per 100 kilometres, while for all other cars registered last year the level is 6.1. If the fuel consumption figure for these latter automobiles was as low as that of their car sharing counterparts, it would be possible to save 80 million litres of petrol based on their average annual mileage. This would be enough for a new Mobility car to travel round the world 50’000 times.

CONTACT
Patrick Eigenmann, Communication & Media Officer, Tel: 041 248 21 11, p.eigenmann(at)mobility.ch

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31.07.2015Download press release as PDF

Keeping mobile all round with SwissPass and Mobility

The SwissPass goes into use as of 1 August. It enables seamless combination of public transportation and car sharing. So much the better for Mobility customers: as a study shows, the latter generally use a mixture of the two.

The SwissPass is not just the new half-fare/general subscription card, it also opens the locks of shared bicycles, the turnstiles in skiing areas – and the doors of Mobility cars. "The SwissPass has now taken another step towards future mobility," says Mobility Managing Director Viviana Buchmann. According to her, this future lies in multimodal transport made up of public transportation, car sharing, bicycles, footpaths and private cars. "The SwissPass helps make this type of combined mobility simpler and more accessible."

Study shows that car sharers are frequent public transportation users
This accessibility benefits Mobility customers: as an interface study shows, the latter generally use a mixture of the two. While they travel the same number of kilometres as the rest of the population, 50% is covered using public transportation; for all other road users who hold a driving licence, the figure is just 18%. As Buchmann explains: "The well-developed public transportation network in Switzerland is ideally suited to combined mobility. More and more people are seeing the benefits in terms of time and cost and are joining Mobility as a result." The figures bear this out: 8’300 new customers signed up with the car sharing company last year alone (+7.4% as compared to the prior year).

Trip credits for SwissPass users
Mobility supports use of the SwissPass by offering yearly subscription customers an annual credit of CHF 25 if they activate the SwissPass. This can be done on the Mobility customer portal. The conventional Mobility Card remains valid at the same time.

CONTACT
Patrick Eigenmann, Communication & Media Officer, Tel: 041 248 21 11, p.eigenmann(at)mobility.ch

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16.06.2015Download press release as PDF

Learner drivers sign up for Mobility in large numbers

More and more young people are opting for Mobility. That includes 5'000 learner drivers preparing to take their driving test by practising in car sharing vehicles. In times of car-free households, this is becoming a growing trend.

In addition to the compulsory driving lessons, learner trips with parents or friends are the perfect way to prepare for a driving test. But not all learner drivers in Switzerland have this option available to them: one in two cars are fitted with automatic transmission - and in the big cities about one half of households do not even own a car. The car sharing company Mobility is closing this gap with its mobility4learners programme. "Since it was introduced two years ago we've been overwhelmed with positive feedback and registrations", says Media Officer Patrick Eigenmann. 5'000 learner drivers have signed up to date, with 1'200 currently practising their skills in the red cars - and the figure is on the increase.

Low-cost alternative to owning a private car
The mobility4learners subscription costs 49 francs and is valid for six months. "This low basic fee gives young people easy access to motoring. We want to encourage them to practice and gain confidence in road traffic," says Eigenmann. The rates for individual learner trips depend on duration and mileage. A one-hour rental over a distance of 15 kilometres costs as little as 10 francs, for example.

Virtually no accidents
The rates include fully comprehensive insurance that also covers vehicle occupants as well as a liability reduction that limits the excess per claim to a maximum of 1'800 francs. But accidents are extremely rare because users are very careful and attentive. In order to use a car sharing vehicle, learner drivers and their escort(s) have to be Mobility customers, meet the legal requirements and obtain the blue "L" for the car themselves. The names of the escort(s) have to be stated when signing up for the mobility4learners subscription.

CONTACT
Patrick Eigenmann, Communication & Media Officer, Tel: 041 248 21 11, p.eigenmann(at)mobility.ch

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05.05.2015Download press release as PDF

Mobility replaces 27’600 private cars

An Interface study confirms it: Mobility exerts a traffic-reducing and environmentally protective impact. If the car sharing provider did not exist, there would be 27’600 more private cars on Switzerland's roads. This is equivalent to a traffic jam stretching from Lucerne to Lugano.

Car sharing is booming. The Mobility Cooperative recently announced a further rise in customer figures: 120’300 people in Switzerland are today opting for shared vehicles, 7.4% more than in the previous year. This is exerting a positive impact on traffic volumes, as corporate spokesman Patrick Eigenmann explains: "Every third car sharer sells his or her first or second car and instead travels around exclusively by public transport, bicycle and Mobility. This is enabling us to keep 27'600 vehicles off Switzerland's roads." That is almost as many vehicles as there are registered in the canton of Nidwalden. Or as Eigenmann puts it: "If they were lined up these cars would form a traffic jam from Lucerne to Lugano."

Fewer CO2 emissions
The "Evaluation Carsharing" study (Interface Politikstudien Forschung Beratung) from which the results originate underlines not only Mobility's traffic-reducing but also its environmentally protective impact. In the last year alone, car sharing customers saved 8.8 million litres of fuel and 20’500 tonnes of CO2, which is equivalent to 542’000 trips from St. Gallen to Geneva.

More journeys by public transport
The basis for these sustained effects is formed by the changed mobility habits of car sharers. One effect is that after joining Mobility they have fewer or no vehicles of their own. Another is that although they travel almost the same distance daily as the rest of the Swiss population with a driving licence, almost 50% of this is by public transport (rest of the population: 18%).

SUMMARY OF STUDY (in german)
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CONTACT
Patrick Eigenmann, Communication & Media Officer, Tel: 041 248 21 11, p.eigenmann(at)mobility.ch

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19.03.2015Download press release as PDF

Mobility passes the 120’000 customer mark

The Mobility Group put in an impressive performance once again in 2014 with its innovative car sharing range: 120’300 customers now use the red vehicles, 7.4% more than in the previous year. Consolidated turnover totalled CHF 71.4 million, with annual profits at CHF 3.9 million.

More and more Swiss people are changing their mobility patterns. Nowadays they combine the use of car, bus, rail, bicycle and other means of transportation more intensely, flexibly and spontaneously. Car sharing is replacing private car ownership more and more: the Mobility Cooperative reports a rec-ord level of 120’300 customers (8’300 as compared to the previous year), 2’700 vehicles and 1’400 hire stations as of the end of 2014. This means that the number of car sharers in Switzerland is virtual-ly equivalent to the population of Bern. Managing Director Viviana Buchmann is confident this trend will continue: "In future, the private automobile will continue to become less significant in urban areas in particular, while public cars stand to gain in popularity." It was for this reason that the company launched Catch a Car in Basel last August - Switzerland's first ever "free-floating" car sharing service. Catch a Car enables users to locate vehicles in real time, use them without a previous reservation and simply leave them at their destination. "It gets very close to the ideal of a public car, so our service has met with broad appeal as expected", explains Buchmann.

Excellent annual results
The consolidated turnover of the Mobility Group increased last year by 2.6% to CHF 71.4 million. Earnings (EBIT) were CHF 5.4 million, with consolidated annual profits at CHF 3.9 million (an increase of CHF 0.2 million as compared to the previous year). The main reasons for this satisfying annual result were the increase in revenue from vigorous customer growth, consistent cost management, the high degree of automation achieved through ongoing development and also a slightly improved sales performance in the second-hand car market. As of 31 December 2014 the Mobility Cooperative employed 186 staff including seven trainees.

170 new companies opt for Mobility business car sharing
Mobility is being used not just by private customers but also businesses. In doing so they are aiming to avoid the expense of running their own fleet, as well as cutting costs and freeing up capacity for their core business. In 2014 more than 4’000 companies enjoyed these benefits, including many new customers such as publisuisse SA and Swissprinters AG. Axpo and Arval (Switzerland) AG had their own internal fleets fitted with car sharing technology (Mobility pool car sharing); and the housing estates Neugrüen in Mellingen and Eikenott in Gland started using mobility@home, a service which puts Mobility vehicles right on residents’ doorstep.

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CONTACT
Viviana Buchmann, Managing Director, Tel: 041 248 23 20, v.buchmann(at)mobility.ch
Patrick Eigenmann, Communications and Media Officer, Tel: 041 248 21 11, p.eigenmann(at)mobility.ch

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