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Mobility media releases 2020.

02.04.2020Download press release as PDF

Coronavirus: Mobility is now offering cars for monthly rental at cost price

In these times of Covid-19, carsharing provider Mobility is transferring up to 25% of its cars from its day-to-day operations to a new temporary scheme for monthly rentals. This is to guarantee mobility in Switzerland while at the same time keeping costs down.

Since the Swiss Federal Council announced stricter measures to fight Covid-19 on 13 March 2020, the country's population has been instructed only to travel if essential. Bookings at individual Mobility stations have almost halved since then. This is how the company responded: “From a business point of view it makes no sense to keep cars that aren’t being driven,” explains Managing Director Roland Lötscher. “This is why we are temporarily reducing our services and instead making these cars available for long-term rental to individuals and companies, in particular those in healthcare. In this way we are also contributing to mobility in Switzerland in these difficult times by providing an alternative to public transport.” For the time being, the volume is up to 25% of the 3’120 Mobility vehicles throughout Switzerland. Above all, cars from areas with a dense network of Mobility stations are being used, so that availability remains high for existing customers.

Spitex Wyland is the first customer
Mobility monthly rentals are available at cost price (e.g. Budget category for CHF 420 incl. 1’000 kilometres). This offer is available on a temporary basis to individuals and companies in Switzerland, while weekly rentals are expected to be available soon. In this way, Mobility vehicles will temporarily be transformed into private cars. In Roland Lötscher’s opinion, it is difficult to estimate the demand for this scheme. “We're combining economic necessity and social need to help everyone.” Spitex Wyland is the first customer Mobility is able to assist by providing vehicles to meet its current increased transportation requirements. Healthcare providers such as hospitals are generally given priority by Mobility and are being contacted proactively.

Deep cleaning of the Mobility fleet
For those vehicles that Mobility is keeping in standard operation, the focus is on intensive, multi-stage cleaning as always. This is done using disinfectants and depending on how often cars are used. In addition, Mobility has increased cleaning rotas. In terms of prevention efforts, however, every single customer remains the most important starting point in protecting themselves and others.

Mobility is protecting its employees
Mobility has also taken all the necessary protective measures in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Office of Public Health: all administration employees are working from home, while service employees are being specially trained and supplied with more effective disinfectants and utensils such as disposable gloves. Car care staff belonging to the at-risk group have been temporarily relieved of their duties. 

 

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CONTACT
Patrick Eigenmann, Head of Corporate Communications, Tel. 041 248 21 11, p.eigenmann(at)mobility.ch

28.01.2020Download press release as PDF

5’000th company opts for Mobility

More and more companies are using car sharing because it is more efficient, more sustainable and more economical. Corporate customers now account for one quarter of Mobility's sales. Big-Game Ltd is the 5’000th customer to sign up.

Companies use Mobility in various ways, whether to substitute or supplement their own fleet or as an alternative to privately owned cars. The benefit: increased efficiency and therefore lower costs. “Our customers have complete peace of mind. We take care of everything – from cleaning the vehicles right through to insurance,” explains Head of B2B Anita Kirchberg. Environmental considerations are becoming more and more important, too. “It's possible to calculate how much CO2 a company can save through car sharing, so Mobility is increasingly integrated in sustainability concepts.” As a result, more and more companies are signing up: 5’000 companies now use Mobility – a thousand more than five years ago. They account for nearly 24% of the Cooperative’s total sales.

Firms of all sizes
The biggest customers include SBB, Axpo, the Post Office and the Canton of Aargau, but the majority are SMEs who book Mobility’s 3’000 car sharing vehicles throughout the whole of Switzerland, just like private users. More exclusive options are available too, depending on needs: 180 companies have a “Mobility Flex” car sharing station on their doorstep, for example. Others have their own vehicles fitted with car sharing technology, thereby saving up to 30% of their fleet. As Kirchberg says: “There’s still enormous potential in Switzerland. Companies based in cities in particular often don’t need their own vehicles: car sharing and public transport would be preferable options.”

A Lausanne-based SME is number 5’000
Mobility recently welcomed its 5’000th corporate client: Big-Game Ltd. The three founders Grégoire Jeanmonod, Elric Petit und Augustin Scott de Martinville explain: “With car sharing, we only pay for the transportation we actually use. It also gives us enormous flexibility – after all, we can book the cars on a round-the-clock basis.” But according to Jeanmonod, the most important aspect of all is sustainability: “We want to contribute to eliminating private transportation from our home city of Lausanne and help build a better future for us all.” 

 

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

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

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