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Informed reporting.Mobility media releases 2017.

26.01.2017Download press release as PDF

Mobility to replace 700 diesel-powered cars with petrol models

Mobility attaches particular importance to sustainability and environmental compatibility. Since it is currently not clear how much nitrogen oxide diesel engines actually emit, the car sharing provider will gradually be replacing 700 diesel-powered vehicles with petrol models, starting in the spring. In the company’s view, legislators and manufacturers are called upon to clarify the situation as soon as possible.

Studies show that the main sustainability leverage provided by car sharing is that users share cars instead of purchasing one themselves. In Switzerland alone there are 30’000 fewer privately owned cars on the roads thanks to Mobility. But it is not just the concept of sharing that is environment-friendly: so are the car sharing vehicles themselves. "As far as possible we only use energy-efficient vehicles in our fleet," says Communication Officer Patrick Eigenmann. This is why the company regards it as particularly regrettable that it is currently entirely unclear as to how much nitrogen oxide really is emitted by diesel engines. "Experts assume that the real figures are many times the manufacturer specifications, but unfortunately no reliable information is available. This is why we have decided to take initial action in the Economy category, where we will gradually be replacing 700 diesel cars with petrol models." This number is just under one quarter of the entire Mobility fleet.

The dilemma: more petrol means more CO2
Mobility’s decision to increase its share of petrol-run cars also puts the cooperative in something of a dilemma: petrol-run cars emit less nitrogen oxide than diesel vehicles, but their CO2 emissions are higher. "This will make it difficult for us to meet the Swiss national CO2 targets," says Eigenmann. Based on manufacturer specifications as they stand today, Mobility believes it is fully capable of doing so, Eigenmann says, but as soon as new testing methods such as the WLTP are introduced which produce more realistic figures, "the Swiss federal government will have to adjust its targets downwards". Generally speaking Mobility welcomes all measures on the part of legislators and manufacturers aimed at establishing more transparent and more realistic emission figures.


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

18.01.2017Download press release as PDF

Network of stations: Mobility closes the last big gap

With today’s opening of the station in Chêne-Bougeries, all Swiss municipalities with a population of more than 10’000 now have at least one Mobility car. The car sharing cooperative sees potential in urban areas in particular.

Mobility is constantly growing. In its founding year the car sharing company started out with 760 cars: the current number of vehicles is 2’900. They are available throughout the whole of Switzerland and can be used on a self-service basis. "Considering the cost and effort involved in running a privately owned car, car sharing is a preferable option in all respects for many people," says Mobility Communication Officer Patrick Eigenmann. Today’s opening of the station in the Geneva district of Chêne-Bougeries means Mobility now has a presence in all Swiss municipalities with a population of over 10’000. "This is a welcome milestone as we move towards establishing an increasingly dense network of stations," says Eigenmann.

Urban areas as a growth market
Seven out of ten Mobility stations all over Switzerland are currently located in cities or conurbations. In the future, Mobility will continue to focus particularly on urban areas, too. Public transportation is especially well developed in this type of area – this is a bonus for car sharers since the two options are often combined. 

Selective expansion in the country
In spite of this, Mobility’s network of stations is close-knit in rural areas, too: there is at least one of the red car sharing vehicles available in 85% of municipalities with a population of over 5’000. "We only see selective expansion capacity in towns of this size, however," says Eigenmann. "The primary aim here will be to maintain our high level of service wherever possible in the future."


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Freely downloadable image material: www.mobility.ch/en/media/image-archive

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

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