Mobility media releases 2022

09.06.2022 – Mobility expands its range for the summer

Mobility is expanding its fleet with the addition of 30 Mini Cooper convertibles to coincide with the meteorological start of summer. What is more, the range of vehicles in the canton of Ticino will be enlarged over the warm months as never before, enabling guests and locals alike to take full advantage of car sharing.

The Mobility Cooperative is once again making the Cabrio category available to customers with imme-diate effect. To this end, the car-sharing company is providing 30 Mini Cooper S vehicles throughout Switzerland – from Geneva and Zurich through to Chur. As Mobility Media Officer Stefan Roschi says: “We’re delighted to be able to offer this category again – convertibles are very popular in the Mobility community.” The cars will now remain available for booking beyond the autumn as part of the total fleet of approximately 3,000 vehicles. Mobility always seeks to offer the right car to suit every situation – ranging from small electric cars through to estate cars and vans. “The aim is to convince as many people as possible that car sharing is the best option and that there’s no need to have a car of your own.”

19 additional vehicles in Ticino
Every year, Mobility expands its range of vehicles at various locations in Switzerland over the summer months – especially in Ticino. Demand in this region rises sharply with the warm weather, with around half the reservations being placed by users from outside the canton. This year, Mobility is stepping up its expansion in Ticino as never before with 63 car-sharing vehicles on offer there – 19 more than in winter. Additional cars will also be provided in places such as Locarno, Lugano and Bellinzona. What is more, a new permanent station was opened in Castione this week: “Based on demand alone we could actually provide even more cars over the summer,” says spokesperson Stefan Roschi. “But that would require more rental parking spaces.” Meanwhile there’s good news for fans of electric cars in Ticino: six Mobility parking spaces at Bellinzona railway station are due to be electrified over the course of the summer. By 2030, the Cooperative aims to provide electrically powered vehicles only. The preparatory phase for the expansion of the Switzer-land-wide charging infrastructure is currently underway.

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Stefan Roschi, Communication & Media Officer
Telephone 041 248 21 57, presse(at)mobility.ch

24.05.2022 – Mobility to discontinue its free-floating scheme in Basel

Mobility Cooperative is pulling the plug on Mobility-Go in Basel due to declining demand and high operating overheads. The experience gained from this local free-floating scheme will now flow into its core roundtrip car sharing service.

After eight years, it’s the end of the line. The Mobility Cooperative is saying goodbye to the concept of free-floating car sharing and discontinuing its Mobility-Go scheme on 7 June. With this form of car sharing, the car can be returned to any public parking space, whereas in classic roundtrip car sharing, the vehicle is returned to its permanent base.

No sign of an uptick
Mobility launched its free-floating scheme in a bid to capitalise on a trend that was emerging across Europe. The aim was to establish the concept in Switzerland and to run it at a profit. However, recent years have seen Mobility facing declining numbers. The Corona pandemic served to amplify the effect: this is what put paid to the scheme in Geneva. In Basel, hoping for a post-Covid upswing, Mobility introduced a number of measures – to no avail. What’s more, the overheads were high. “For a long time, we firmly believed in the viability of the free-floating concept and in its success,” says Mobility CEO Roland Lötscher. "But while we are keen to innovate, we have to keep an eye on the response of the market in the long-term and, as a cooperative, we need to watch our resources.”

New insights into customer behaviour
Mobility is now concentrating on expanding its core business. “We will use the valuable organisational and technical insights gained from Mobility-Go to further develop roundtrip car sharing,” says Roland Lötscher. Amongst other things, it appears that customers respond well to incentives. This (and other inputs) suggests that aspects such as the end time of the reservation or the return location could be kept flexible – leastways in an urban context. Mobility will be looking into this in more detail.

Free floating in brief:
The idea behind free-floating is that shared vehicles can be searched for and booked on the fly via an app, then returned to any public parking space. Mobility launched the service eight years ago via its Catch a Car subsidiary in Basel and also expanded into Geneva with it. Catch a Car was merged back into the cooperative in 2019 under the name Mobility-Go.

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Stefan Roschi, Communication & Media Officer
Telephone 041 248 21 57, presse(at)mobility.ch

31.03.2022 – Mobility increases revenues and profit

Car sharing specialist Mobility experienced a positive trading year in 2021. Despite the continu-ing pandemic, the Cooperative achieved revenues of CHF 80.7 million and a profit of CHF 2.8 million. Much of this was down to the growth in private customers.

Mobility Cooperative’s red vehicles were kept busy last year, which is reflected in the results. The company chalked up a profit of CHF 2.8 million (+6.4 percent) on increased annual revenues of CHF 80.7 million (+6.8 percent).

While passenger journeys on public transport in Switzerland overall remained subdued in 2021, due to the pandemic, Mobility vehicles saw a rebound in utilisation. Customer reservations were more frequent and lasted longer on average. “I am pleased that the increase in the private customer segment more than compensated for the negative effects of the pandemic,” says Managing Director Roland Lötscher. That said, Covid-19 left its mark: having slumped in 2020, figures in the business customer segment continued to stagnate at the previous year’s level. Mobility is hoping for a marked recovery in 2022.

Mobility was successful in terms of customer acquisition, with a growth of nine percent – the same as the previous year. This increase of 22’100 customers brought the total number of Mobility users to 267’100. At the same time, Mobility purged the customer database and removed some 25’000 records. As Roland Lötscher explained: “These were duplicates of inactive customer data that we eliminated.” The net total of customers now stands at 242’300.

One in ten Mobility vehicles soon to be electric
The digitisation of car sharer Mobility goes hand-in-hand with the electrification of the entire fleet by 2030. Of its 3’000 or so vehicles, 200 are already fully electric, with many more to come this year. At the same time, preparations for the expansion of the charging infrastructure are in full swing – together with partners such as the Swiss Federal Railways, the Raiffeisen Group and Swiss towns and cities.

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Stefan Roschi, Communication & Media Officer
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19.01.2022 – Pioneering trial involving bidirectional electric vehicle charging

The “V2X Suisse” project sees seven companies taking an innovative approach to stabilising power grids through the medium of electric vehicles (EVs). Going forward, the idea is that Mobility EVs should be able to provide bidirectional charging – in other words, they will be able to feed energy back into the grid when not being driven. This first large-scale trial of its kind will help determine the future of this technology in Switzerland and beyond.

Electric vehicles are the future – this is also the view of car sharing provider Mobility: by 2030 at the latest, its entire fleet of 3000 vehicles will be electric. What is good for the environment can bring challenges in electricity consumption and grid stability. The recently launched V2X Suisse project is looking to find solutions through resource pooling. Mobility providers (Mobility), car provider (Honda R&D Europe and Honda Motor Europe), software developers (sun2wheel), charging point developers (EVTEC), aggregators (tiko), flexibility buyers and the scientific community (novatlantis in cooperation with ETH) are working hand-in-hand. “By working together, we will waste no time in making bidirectional EV charging a reality and thus gain much-needed in-sights,” explains Marco Piffaretti, V2X Suisse project manager and electromobility expert at Mobility. He is alluding to the fact that Switzerland currently has very little practical experience when it comes to the technical, regulatory and organisational challenges of bidirectional charging. “We are pioneering the project with our partners with the aim of delivering results designed to boost this technology in Switzerland and beyond.” The project is supported by the pilot and demonstration programme of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE).

Trial involving Mobility electric vehicles
The collective preparations will run until September 2022, after which 50 Honda e EVs will be deployed for a year at around 40 Mobility stations across Switzerland. This will be the first time that bidirectional EV charging is used across the board in people’s everyday mobility, allowing it to be tested in different settings, from rural to urban. The prospects look promising: a Mobility EV plugged into a bidirectional charging station can feed up to 20 kilowatts of power back into the grid. This would amount to 60 megawatts across Mobility’s entire car-sharing fleet – more than the Peccia pumped-storage power plant in Ticino, for example. This electrical regulating power will help stabilise the grid, minimise bottlenecks in the distribution grid, and avoid, reduce or delay the need for expensive grid expansions. Piffaretti sounds confident: “Electromobility of the future is shared, bidirectional and grid-serving.” V2X Suisse will be setting a worldwide first by deploying the CCS combined charging system, the international plug standard for direct current (also used for fast charging).

Ambitious goals
V2X Suisse is setting itself a high benchmark until the project is completed at the end of 2023: firstly, it will be exploring how this technology can help stabilise the electricity grid and how charging points with photovoltaic arrays can optimise their self consumption. Secondly, it will be aiming to investigate the business potential of bidirectional charging electric vehicles in Switzerland. And thirdly, it will test the competition between the potential flexibility buyers (Swissgrid, distribution grid operators, and self-consumption associations).

V2X Suisse : Technical details
V2X Suisse will operate across Switzerland and thus under different conditions. Around 40 charging points allowing up to 20 kW to flow bidirectionally are to receive a total of 50 Honda e EVs operated by Mobility. Two types of charging scenarios will be trialled: dual bidirectional DC charging points developed specifically for this project by EVTEC featuring CCS combined charging plugs, and single bidirectional Honda Power Manager DC charging points, also with CCS plugs. Both are equipped with ripple control receivers for the distribution grid operators as well as a digital interface. This requires the development of a cloud-to-cloud IT platform to manage the available power for each Mobility EV in quarter-hour cycles; this will offer, allocate, release, directly regulate if necessary and calculate (for billing purposes) the flow of electricity. This cloud-to-cloud solution developed by sun2wheel connects the availability inputs of Mobility bookings with the tiko aggregator relevant for Swissgrid.


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12.01.2022 – Electromobility: Mobility and Raiffeisen form a partnership

Two cooperatives, one partnership: Mobility is teaming up with Raiffeisen with the aim of giving shared electromobility an additional boost. Over 820 Raiffeisen branches now have the option of stationing Mobility electric cars directly on their doorstep.

For further environmental protection – in addition to carsharing itself -, Mobility will be converting its 3’000 cars to electric drive by 2030 at the latest. The biggest hurdle is the installation of charging infrastructure. With Raiffeisen, the car-sharing provider has now found an important partner on its way to achieving carbon-neutral mobility. All nationwide Raiffeisen branches now have the option of stationing Mobility electric cars. This is a cooperation that opens doors, explains Mobility CEO Roland Lötscher: “Not only will this enable us to rapidly expand our electric station network, it’ll also mean we can boost the popularity of car sharing on a larger scale. For us, this is a unique opportunity to place sustainable mobility on an even firmer footing in Switzerland,” says Lötscher.

Premiere in Freiburg
Whether or not a Raiffeisen branch wishes to benefit from the Mobility electric vehicle scheme can be decided individually by the branches themselves. In order to have one or more e-vehicles stationed at a branch, parking spaces must be provided and a contribution to the annual operating costs made. Mobility takes care of everything else, including charging stations and vehicles procurement. Several Raiffeisen banks have already expressed an interest, including Raiffeisen Freiburg Ost, which will be making its first e-vehicle available at the end of January. “This partnership underlines our cooperative values, enabling us to provide sustainable, direct added value for our region,” stresses Nathalie Sahli, chair of the branch’s’s board of management. Raiffeisen’s MemberPlus customers will benefit from various special offers and discounts.


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CONTACT MOBILITY
Sybille Theiler, Deputy Media Spokesperson
041 248 25 93, presse(at)mobility.ch

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