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Mobility media releases 2016.

20.10.2016Download press release as PDF

Catch a Car is to operate in Geneva from November

Catch a Car starts its free-floating car sharing scheme in Geneva on 5 November 2016. 100 cars of the brand VW Eco Move up! – powered by CO2-neutral natural gas – will be available for use throughout the entire metropolitan area of Geneva as well as in Carouge, Lancy, Vernier and Chêne-Bougeries. Sign-up for the scheme opens today.

Nowadays about half of Swiss city-dwellers use their privately owned car to cover short distances of less than five kilometres. Catch a Car AG, a Mobility Cooperative investment company, will be offering a flexible, low-cost car sharing alternative in Geneva: as of 5 November it will be possible to locate 100 vehicles in real time via smartphone or website. After driving from A to B, customers simply leave the car in a public parking space in the Catch-Car zone. As Managing Director Adamo Bonorva explains: "We’re very pleased that the canton of Geneva is now following the example of Basel and opting for Catch a Car. This will pave the way for future-oriented mobility and reduce motorised private transport." Evidence of this is provided by an ETH study: focusing on the pilot project in Basel, it discovered that one Catch-Car replaces four privately owned cars. What is more, car sharing users travel less by automobile and make more use of public transportation than owners of private vehicles. "We’re very satisfied that this new mobility scheme is soon to become available in Geneva, too", says cantonal councillor Luc Barthassat, "especially since it has been possible to organise everything in such a short time."

Driving on CO2- neutral natural gas
The model available in Geneva is the VW Eco Move up! which runs on 100% carbon-neutral biogas as well as having a reserve fuel tank for petrol. "We’re glad to be able to do something that benefits the environment," explains Bonorva. Users will not notice that the cars are powered by natural gas, he says: "The driving sensation is just as good as in any other car, and Catch a Car staff will ensure that the vehicles always have enough fuel." In other words, customers will not have to fuel the cars themselves.

Extensive operating area
Users are not subject to any limitation in terms of time or where they go – whether in Switzerland or even in neighbouring foreign countries – provided they leave the car in a public parking space (blue or white) inside the Catch-Car zone when they’re finished. This zone covers the entire metropolitan area of Geneva as well as Carouge, Lancy, Vernier and Chêne-Bougeries. Rates are charged by the minute and include all costs such as insurance, parking and fuel.

More cities to follow
Catch a Car AG – owned by the investors Mobility, AMAG and Allianz Suisse as well as partners EnergieSchweiz and SBB – aims to further advance free-floating car sharing and combine it with the strengths of public transportation. "The scheme is available to all major cities in Switzerland", explains Adamo Bonorva. "Our vision is for Catch a Car to develop to become a natural part of urban mobility."

Big launch party for locals
The launch of the scheme will be celebrated on Saturday 5 November from 5 pm at Pavillon Sicli, where all the people of Geneva are cordially invited to concerts by Stevans, Lipka and Klischée. Admission is free and catering is provided by food trucks and bars.


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Adamo Bonorva, Managing Director Catch a Car AG, a.bonorva(at)catch-a-car.ch, 079 410 23 99

04.07.2016Download press release as PDF

Mobility now offers one-way trips

Travel from one place to another without having to return the car: as of today, Mobility is testing a new car sharing model between Zurich railway station, Zurich airport and Bern railway station.

Mobility is responding to its customers’ wishes today as it launches Mobility-One-Way, a scheme that enables one-way travel. Prior to introducing the new programme, the cooperative surveyed tens of thousands of customers and non-customers to find out which routes were most in demand. Based on the results of this survey there will be five car sharing vehicles available for use between Bern and Zurich railway stations and Zurich airport. As Mobility spokesperson Patrick Eigenmann explains: "We’re very pleased to see just how many people took part in the survey and we hope to gain crucial insights from the pilot project itself." He adds that the scheme is designed in such a way that it can be adapted at any time. "We’re definitely counting on user feedback here." After the test and adaptation phase, Mobility will decide whether, how and where Mobility-One-Way will be made available in the future.

One way on public transport
By offering Mobility-One-Way, the car sharing cooperative is adding to its classic, station-based scheme and Catch a Car, which enables one-way trips within a city. The new option not only benefits customers but also public transport, since users will cover one journey using the public transportation system. As such, Mobility-One-Way is particularly ideal for small-scale transports from A to B.

Simply book and off you go
Car sharing customers book Mobility-One-Way by calling the Mobility Service Center. The vehicle is reserved from the time the call is made. The rates charged are the regular rates for the estate car category (CHF 3.20 per hour, CHF 0.72 per kilometre) plus a flat-rate charge of CHF 29 per trip.

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

22.06.2016Download press release as PDF

More and more learner driver are practising with Mobility

Learner drivers are faced with a problem: many Swiss households either own an automatic or else no car at all. This is why 7’500 of them prepare for their driving test with Mobility.

Figures published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office show that fewer and fewer people in cities have a car of their own. The leader is Basel with 55% no-car households, followed by Bern (53%), Zurich (48%), Lausanne (44%) and Geneva (40%). So there is a demand for alternatives when it comes taking learner trips with parents and friends – all the more so considering that one in two new cars registered in Switzerland is an automatic. "Our mobility4learners programme offers the perfect solution to this problem," explains Mobility Communications Officer Patrick Eigenmann. "It means learner drivers have the use of more than 2’700 vehicles to practice for their driving test." Since the programme was launched three years ago, 7’500 people have signed up for mobility4learners and the figure is increasing.

No competition with driving schools
Driving schools are also noticing that their students have less and less opportunities to practice on their own. "City-dwellers often do without a private car entirely. It's only in the rural areas that people still get enthusiastic about cars," says Markus Weber, who runs a driving school in Bern. This is why he very much welcomes programmes such as mobility4learners, so he says: "This scheme enables my students to take time outside lessons to consolidate what they’ve learned. That’s a crucial success factor when it comes to taking the driving test."

Low-cost driving practice
The Mobility subscription costs 49 francs and is valid for six months. Rates for hiring a car for a period of one hour over a distance of 15 kilometres start at just 10 francs. This includes third party, comprehensive and passenger insurance as well as a liability reduction that limits the excess per claim. The accompanying person must be an existing Mobility member or also sign up for mobility4learners (CHF 59 for six months).

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

09.06.2016Download press release as PDF

Mobility opts to expand electromobility

The car sharing company Mobility will be increasing its electric fleet to a total of 100 vehicles by 2020. It is also launching its "Mobility-Electro" service designed to provide municipalities and businesses with electric cars.

Mobility currently provides its customers with 2’900 vehicles throughout the whole of Switzerland, including 20 electric cars. The latter figure is due to be steadily increased to 100 by the year 2020. "We believe in the future of electromobility," says Communication Officer Patrick Eigenmann of the company’s expansion plans. He adds that in terms of their appearance and ride comfort, EVs are already barely distinguishable from cars that run on fuel. "When manufacturers manage to extend the cars’ range and a denser network of charging stations is established, people will use electromobility even more," says Eigenmann.

New: electric cars for municipalities and businesses
More and more municipalities and businesses want to provide their local residents and staff with electric vehicles, too. This is the target group for the "Mobility-Electro" service: in return for a contribution to basic costs, organisations can have the car sharing company place one or more white Renault Zoe or Renault Kangoo at a site of their choice. 75% of the annual drive volume generated by users is paid back to them. As Patrick Eigenmann says: "The more the cars are used, the cheaper the Mobility-Electro service becomes - a fair deal for everyone involved!"

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

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

23.05.2016Download press release as PDF

Mobility tests one-way car sharing

The ability to cover distances from A to B without have to take the car back again: Mobility will be testing this new car sharing model on selected routes from July onwards. Tens of thousands of customers and non-customers are being called upon to get involved in developing and trying out "Mobility-One-Way".

The ability to drive from Mobility site A to Mobility site B – and simply leave the car where it is: this is a type of car sharing service customers have repeatedly asked Mobility to provide. And now it will be available. From July onwards the company will be testing the service on selected routes. Consumers will be involved in deciding exactly which routes are available, says Communication Officer Patrick Eigenmann: "We have sent out a questionnaire to 85’000 Mobility customers and members of the Atizo.com community*. This will help us find out what people want to use one-way cars for, which routes are most in demand and how much they are prepared to pay for a trip." The test itself will run from July to the end of the year and will serve as a period of learning and adaptation. After this the cooperative will decide whether and how the service is continued.

Mobility’s third car sharing model
Mobility-One-Way is intended for lengthier trips from A to B. It supplements classic site-based Mobility car sharing and Catch a Car, which enables one-way trips within a city area. "We’d like to offer the entire range of car sharing facilities," explains Patrick Eigenmann. "The more people share cars rather than owning them, the better it is for traffic and the environment." Public transport stands to benefit too: an interface study shows that Mobility customers are above-average users of public transportation facilities. "We are anticipating that Mobility-One-Way will also promote combined mobility, since public transport will be used for one trip."

*The innovation consultancy ATIZO 360° will be supporting the Mobility-One-Way test and involving its atizo.com community (25'000 members).

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

11.05.2016Download press release as PDF

One Mobility car replaces 10 privately owned cars

Car sharing provider Mobility reviews the year from an ecological perspective: due to the fact that more and more people are signing up for car sharing, there are almost 30’000 fewer private cars on Swiss roads. What is more, the space saved for parking is equivalent in size to 155 football pitches. The cities of Zurich, Bern and Lausanne benefit from this in particular.

Car sharing continues to rise in popularity in Switzerland. There are currently more than 127’000 people signed up with Mobility. According to Mobility spokesperson Patrick Eigenmann, this helps reduce congestion: "Many customers sell their car as soon as they join the scheme, so one car sharing vehicle actually replaces ten privately owned cars." The study Evaluation Carsharing (Interface Politikstudien Forschung Beratung) puts a numerical face on this fact: The existence of Mobility means there are 29’500 fewer private cars on the road in Switzerland – equivalent to a traffic jam running from Lucerne to Lugano. In addition, 44'000 fewer parking spaces are needed.

The impact on cities is especially marked
It is Switzerland’s larger cities that benefit most from this space-saving effect. "Mobility is most popular in Zurich, Bern, Basel, Lausanne, Lucerne and Geneva," says Eigenmann. Car ownership is often an unnecessary burden for people who live in city centres. This is why car sharing alone is responsible for saving 6’400 parking spaces in Zurich (Bern: 2’100/Basel: 1’400/Lausanne: 1’300/Lucerne: 1’100/Geneva: 900).

Car sharers are selective and sustainableThe effects of car sharing in terms of sustainability and environmental protection are the result of changes in user behaviour: firstly, car sharers own fewer private vehicles or none at all, and secondly they use public transport for almost half of their daily travel (the figure for the rest of the population with a driving licence is 18%). One in four compensates for the CO2 emissions they generate when they drive a Mobility car by paying a voluntary supplement. In 2015 the total collected in this way amounted to CHF 268’000, which as always was donated entirely to "myclimate – The Climate Protection Partnership". Myclimate supports climate-friendly projects¬: The funds raised through Mobility are used to reduce methane emissions at a disused housing estate disposal site in Ticino, for example.

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

18.03.2016Download press release as PDF

Mobility will be moving to Rotkreuz at the beginning of 2018

Due to conversion work and a lack of space at its current registered offices in Lucerne, Mobility has decided on the Suurstoffi estate in Rotkreuz as the site of its new headquarters. The move is planned for early 2018.

Mobility is constantly growing. 196 staff throughout Switzerland – 50 more than ten years ago – keep 127’300 customers on the road in the red car sharing vehicles round the clock. As the company increases in size, its headquarters on Gütschstrasse in Lucerne with a current staff of 130 is reaching its limits in terms of capacity. Nonetheless, this is not the main reason for the move according to Mobility Managing Director Viviana Buchmann. “The owners of the property are planning to carrying out extensive renovation work, which would mean high noise levels and operating restrictions.” This is why the company has had to look for alternatives in Central Switzerland, says Buchmann.

Detailed evaluation of various sites
After a comprehensive assessment of several office buildings, the cooperative has now opted for the Suurstoffi estate in Rotkreuz, where it will move at the beginning of 2018. A convincing overall concept including CO2-free operation was a clinching factor in the decision, as well as the fact that construction work on the building and the estate is already well advanced. "The Suurstoffi estate is a very good solution for us," says Buchmann. "It is centrally located and offers excellent transportation links in various directions."

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

17.03.2016Download press release as PDF

Financial year 2015: Mobility continues to grow

Car sharing is more popular than ever before in Switzerland: there is at least one Mobility hire station in nine out of ten larger municipalities, and a record number of 127’300 customers now use 2’900 cars. The consolidated net income of the Mobility Group in 2015 amounted to CHF 74.1 million, with an annual profit of CHF 3.7 million.

Mobility is growing continuously. Over the last ten years alone it has doubled its customer base: this now amounts to 127’300 (+7’000 as compared to the prior year). Young people in particularly are increasingly deciding not to purchase their own car and opting for car sharing instead. "Mobility is very much in line with contemporary trends. This definitely gives us confidence moving ahead into the future," says Mobility Managing Director Viviana Buchmann. In order to be able to provide the increasing number of customers with high-quality service, the cooperative is constantly expanding its range of offerings: it now operates 1’460 hire stations throughout Switzerland, and nine out of ten Swiss municipalities with a population of over 5’000 have at least one station. What is more, the vehicle fleet was enlarged last year by 200 to a total of 2’900 cars.

More and more companies and housing estates are sharing cars
Not just private customers but also more than 4’200 companies  appreciate the concept of car sharing. A programme that has attracted particular interest is mobility@home, whereby Mobility cars are placed directly on the doorstep of housing estates. Since last year, residents of such estates as "Ceres Living" in Pratteln and Hunziker Areal in Zurich ("Mehr als Wohnen") have come to benefit from this facility.

Pleasing financial development
Mobility’s growth on all levels resulted in a net income of CHF 74.1 million, 3.7% more than the prior year. The consolidated annual profit was CHF 3.7 million (–CHF 0.2 million as compared to the prior year). The slight decline here is mainly due to investments in new business areas as well as a drop in prices on the second-hand car market. Viviana Buchmann is satisfied with the results: "We are in a sound financial position and can continue to develop our services."

Graphical depiction of figures (see PDF)

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

24.02.2016Download press release as PDF

Mobility: Patrick Marti to become new CEO

The Board of Directors of the Mobility Cooperative appoints Patrick Marti as the new CEO. He takes up the position in August 2016.

Patrick Marti pursued his career within the Migros Group, where he held several different positions. He has been Divisional Head of melectronics for four years. The 35-year-old is able to contribute valuable experience of process-oriented business models and strategic market development. President of the Mobility Cooperative Board of Directors Frank Boller says: "We strongly believe that Patrick Marti will continue to strengthen our standing in the Swiss market."

As of August 2016, Patrick Marti will replace Viviana Buchmann, who is withdrawing from day-to-day operations after a period of ten years in management.

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

18.02.2016Download press release as PDF

Mobility: 920 new vehicles

To keep its fleet up-to-date, car sharing provider Mobility regularly purchases new vehicles. This year alone the number was 920. The purchases replace models that have been in use for up to four years.

Vehicles must meet stringent criteria to be considered for the fleet. Criteria include coming top in the EuroNCAP car safety ratings, high energy efficiency and ease-of-use. "Because our customers use Mobility like a private car," explains spokesman Patrick Eigenmann, "We want to offer them the latest models." The Lucerne-based cooperative fulfils this aim through regular purchases. Last year, for instance, one third of the current fleet of 2’900 car sharing vehicles was replaced by new cars and vans, an investment of over CHF 16 million. The new models include 270 Citroën C3, 170 VW Golf Variant, 120 Smart fortwo and 50 Mercedes Vito vans. Eigenmann says that the brand itself plays no great role in the evaluation process: "We’ll consider almost any brand, provided its models meet our high standards in terms of safety and environmental footprint."

Fleet: steady growth
Mobility’s 920 new purchases mainly replace models that have served in the fleet for up to four years; the latter are then sold on the second-hand market. Mobility has responded to car sharing’s growth in popularity since its founding by steadily increasing the size and scope of its fleet. The Lucerne-based cooperative started out in 1997 with 760 cars – it now has more than 2’900. "It’s a trajectory that’s set to continue," declares Patrick Eigenmann. Demand for a car sharing solution is particularly prevalent in urban conurbations – and growing all the time. "City dwellers are well able to replace private use of a car through a combination of Mobility and public transport."

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

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