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Mobility media releases 2018.

24.05.2018Download press release as PDF

Mobility reduces the number of diesel cars

Mobility will be adding 70 Toyota Yaris Hybrid to its fleet by the end of the year – a car that combines an electric motor with a petrol engine. In this way, Mobility continues to pursue its strategy of moving away from diesel.

Vehicles have to meet rigorous criteria in order to be included in the Mobility fleet. These include an outstanding score on the EuroNCAP car safety test, a high level of energy efficiency and ease of use. The Toyota Yaris 1.5 Hybrid meets all these requirements. With a fuel consumption of 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres and a CO2 emissions level of 75 grammes per kilometre, it is well below the average for new cars in Switzerland (5.8 litres/134 grammes). "We aim to offer our customers cars that are both popular and sustainable," explains Mobility spokesman Patrick Eigenmann. So on the one hand, purchasing policy is geared towards general market demand, he says. "In our ten categories we offer models to suit every taste – including the compact VW Up, the trendy Audi Q3, the electric Renault Zoe, the Mercedes Vito van and the Audi A3 convertible. Last year alone we purchased 565 new vehicles." In addition to this, he says, Mobility always chooses model versions that are as ecologically compatible as possible. "This is why the emissions level of our fleet as a whole is one third lower than the Swiss average for new cars – something we're definitely proud of," says Eigenmann.

700 diesel models to be replaced
Mobility’s new Toyota Yaris will gradually replace the diesel model Renault Clio as well as the hybrid version of the Honda Jazz. In this way, the company is consistently acting on its decision announced in January 2017 to replace 700 diesel vehicles in the Economy category with vehicles powered by other means. This reason for this is that in the past, manufacturers have failed to provide transparent information on the environmental impact of diesel engines. The 700 vehicles account for nearly a quarter of the Mobility fleet as a whole.

 

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

19.04.2018Download press release as PDF

200 electric Mobility scooters are out and about in Zurich as of today

From now on there are 200 electric Mobility scooters available in Zurich for trips from A to B. This will enhance the city's transportation facilities and reduce traffic, as emphasised by both Mobility Managing Director Patrick Marti and city councillor Filippo Leutenegger.

Today Mobility launched Switzerland's first large-scale scooter sharing scheme in Zurich. Customers can locate and book 200 red, electrically powered Etrix S02 scooters via app and leave them at any marked public two-wheeler/motorcycle parking facility after use. Mobility Managing Director Patrick Marti sees this as a major step into the future: "The more varied our range of transportation, the more customers we will be able to attract to shared mobility. This in turn will impact positively on the traffic situation." Studies indicate that the mobility behaviour of car sharers is changing – more thought given to car use, more use of public transport – and that one Mobility vehicle replaces ten privately owned cars. "Scooter sharing will enhance these traffic-reducing effects," says Marti. City councillor Filippo Leutenegger also welcomes the scheme: "A space-saving, quiet means of transport has to be an advantage – not just for users but for the city as a whole. App-based sharing schemes also advance Zurich technologically as a smart city."

Zurich is the sharing capital of Switzerland
It's no coincidence that the premiere of scooter sharing is happening in Zurich: Mobility has more than 30’000 registered customers in the city. They can use the e-scooters providing they hold a driving licence of at least the A1 category. Helmets, safety vests and disposable hygiene helmet liners are provided with each scooter, while Mobility takes care of maintenance, insurance and battery charging using green power. "The level of service is the same as for our cars. We take care of everything for customers," says Patrick Marti. The operating zone in which the scooters can be parked covers the entire city of Zurich except for Affoltern, Leimbach, Witikon and Seebach. The scooters can be opened using the Mobility app, Mobility Card or SwissPass.

Emmi, SBB and Allianz are on board as partners
Emmi is involved as a premium partner with its product Caffè Latte. As Emmi spokesperson Sibylle Umiker says: "The Mobility e-scooters perfectly match our often young, urban Emmi Caffè Latte customers. We think it's a brilliant idea to introduce the issue of CO2 reduction to this target group in such a practical way." While Allianz takes care of providing comprehensive insurance for scooter users, SBB is supporting the new scheme by providing combined mobility – i.e. efficient dovetailing of sharing schemes and public transportation in order to create contemporary, networked mobility options.

 

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

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

22.03.2018Download press release as PDF

Mobility is investing in the future and has achieved a sound year-end result

In 2017, the Mobility Group continued to pursue its strategy of developing from a car sharing specialist to become a comprehensive mobility provider. As such, preliminary investments in new business areas dominated the 2017 financial statement: profits amounted to CHF 2.04 million while net revenue was at CHF 76.2 million.

In 2017 the Mobility Group invested in its future: it pushed ahead with establishing and expanding new business areas such as scooter sharing and self-driving cars. This involved extensive preliminary investments in IT and human resources. This factor combined with increased operating costs and vehicle expenditure (in particular higher fuel prices) made for a net annual profit of CHF 2.04 million (prior year: CHF 3.4 million). Meanwhile net revenue increased to CHF 76.2 million (+0.2%), and operating cashflow to CHF 20.5 million (+15.6%). Mobility Managing Director Patrick Marti: "As a cooperative we have the advantage of being able to act with a long-term perspective in mind. We’re building the Mobility of the future – a Mobility with a broad range of transportation options that will attract as many people as possible." One of a number of steps along this path is the launch of a scooter sharing scheme in Zurich on 19 April 2018.

Constant increase in customer numbers
With a continuously optimised vehicle range, attractive stations and a wide choice of subscription and use options, Mobility is attracting an increasing number of enthusiasts. As Patrick Marti explains: "177’100 customers were using our cars by the end of 2017, including more than 4’700 companies. They all rely on our mobility services on a round-the-clock basis." He says he is particularly pleased to welcome the 3’200 new cooperative members. "Together with all the other 63’200 cooperative members, this is what lays the foundation for our future development."

 

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

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

15.03.2018Download press release as PDF

Mobility launches scooter sharing in Zurich

The scheme gets underway on 19 April 2018: Mobility customers will be able to use 200 red electric scooters for spontaneous trips from A to B in the city of Zurich. Sign up once, look for a free nearby scooter using the app, place your booking – and off you go to your destination at a rate of 25 centimes per minute.

Mobility is the first provider to offer a free-floating scooter sharing scheme in the city of Zurich. 200 red electric scooters with a yellow number (max. speed 45 km/h) will be distributed throughout the city in marked public parking areas. Two helmets and safety vests are provided with each scooter. Bookings are placed without prior reservation, usage is charged by the minute and the scooters have to be parked within the city district in public two wheeler/motorcycle parking facilities. The Mobility app provides details of where these parking areas are located.

All costs are covered
Mobility scooters are approved for use by up to two people at a time, and anyone with Category A1 entered in their driving licence is eligible to ride them. As with car sharing, users don't have to concern themselves with anything else: Mobility takes care of charging the scooter battery as well as service and insurance. The batteries run on environment-friendly green energy ("nature made star" – hydroelectric/solar power, 50% each). Road safety is important to Mobility, too: the company supports customers who would like to refresh their scooter skills with an instructor by providing a one-off ride voucher worth CHF 30.

A consistent move into the future
Mobility Managing Director Patrick Marti looks forward to the new challenge: "Scooter sharing is another step along our path to becoming a diverse and well-established mobility provider. We strongly believe the scheme will be popular." He says that by providing the ecologically compatible electric scooters, Mobility is also seeking to relieve the city's traffic situation and boost public transportation. "Every shared scooter helps reduce the number of private scooters on the road and ideally the number of private cars, too. What is more, sharing schemes are ideal for combination with public transportation," adds Marti.

 

LAUNCH EVENT FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES
Mobility will be holding a media orientation session to mark the launch of the scheme on 19 April 2018 in Zurich. Invitations will be issued separately in advance.

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

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

11.01.2018Download press release as PDF

Catch a Car establishes partnership with the UN at Geneva

Catch a Car, the first and only Swiss provider of free-floating car sharing, partners with the International Civil Servants Mutual Association of the United Nations in Geneva. From now on, all staff members of the UNOG and UN specialized agencies affiliated to the International Civil Servants Mutual Association may use the mobility offer at reduced cost. Further public organisations and private companies are expected to follow suit.

Approximately one year after its introduction, the free-floating car sharing service in Geneva establishes a partnership with the International Civil Servants Mutual Association. Now, all staff members of the UNOG and the twelve UN specialized agencies affiliated to the International Civil Servants Mutual Association – among others UNICEF, UNHCR, or WTO – can use Catch-Cars at preferential rates. In total 4’500 international officials receive drive credits and benefit from a strongly discounted registration fee. The entire Catch a Car fleet with 100 "VW eco-move up!" cars powered by CO2-neutral biogas are at their disposal in metropolitan Geneva, and also in Carouge, Lancy, Vernier, Chêne-Bougeries, and at Geneva Airport.

With this partnership, Catch a Car takes an important step to further strengthen its pioneering role in urban mobility. "By convincing not only individuals of our service, but also companies and organisations, we will take a big step closer to our goal to redefine mobility," says René Maeder, CEO of Catch a Car AG. The International Civil Servants Mutual Association is pleased with the partnership, too: "We are always on the lookout for advanced transport solutions for our staff. With the Catch-Cars, representing an innovative, resource-saving alternative compared to private cars, we found exactly what we were looking for," says Patrick Georgen, President of the Board of Directors. Apart from the International Civil Servants Mutual Association, the Mobility subsidiary cooperates with several national and international companies. Coop or Raffeisen for example already offer their staff the opportunity to use the Catch a Car service, a favourable and environmentally friendly alternative to the private car.


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René Maeder, CEO Catch a Car AG, media(at)catch-a-car.ch, +41 79 278 44 79

08.01.2018Download press release as PDF

Catch a Car launches daily flat rate

At the turn of the year, the Swiss car sharing provider Catch a Car launches a daily flat rate of CHF88 and also simplifies its pricing. With these measures, the innovative start-up company both optimises the service for its members and offers the most lucrative rental car options in Switzerland.

The rates are on the decrease, convenience is on the rise. With attractive all-inclusive rates, the Swiss provider of free-floating car sharing simplifies its pricing and makes driving more favourable. The adjustments by the young start-up company are mainly due to findings from the field. These findings have shown that the customers drive most of the time and do not make extensive use of parking breaks in between. With the new minute-based rate of CHF 0.38, which replaces the former driving, night, and parking rates, driving becomes more favorable by 3 Cents. Everything is included in the price – rental service, kilometers travelled, cleaning, insurance, and fuel.

Apart from that, Catch a Car introduces an hourly and a daily flat rate which make driving over longer distances even more favourable. The new price for an hour is maximum CHF 18, for 24 hours CHF 88. Both options make travelling both outside Catch-Car zones and trips abroad more convenient making Catch a Car an attractive alternative compared to traditional rental car companies: The time-consuming car handover becomes redundant – and based on the all-inclusive offers, the short-term rentals of competing providers are clearly undercut. "By introducing the new pricing we pay tribute to our basic claim: offering maximum convenience to our members and adjusting to their demands", says René Maeder, CEO of Catch a Car. "Also, this is how we encourage potential new customers to get convinced of the simplicity of the Catch-Cars - and to help us redefine urban mobility."


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Freely downloadable image material: www.catch-a-car.ch/en/media

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René Maeder, CEO Catch a Car AG, media(at)catch-a-car.ch, +41 79 278 44 79

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