New Mobility Go cars have been on the road in Basel since mid-October: the Citroen C1 emits 36% fewer emissions than the average Swiss car. Mobility is also assessing whether the number of electric cars can be topped up.
Since this summer, Mobility customers have been able to access free-floating car sharing. Mobility Go cars in Basel and Geneva can be located using the app, booked, driven and then simply left again in public parking spaces. The cooperative’s aim here is to convince even more urban dwellers to forego private cars and help protect the environment.
The number of electric vehicles could increase again
While Mobility uses biogas in Geneva, vehicles in Basel have fuel-efficient engines: 120 brand-new Citroen C1s are replacing the former Catch a Cars. With an output of 85g CO2/km, they are one third below the Swiss average and 7g above the previous VW up! model.
"We’re hoping for a better starting point to try again with more electric vehicles."
Viktor Wyler, Head of the Fleet at Mobility
They will be supplemented by e-Golfs. In the past, their number was reduced to ten, as Head of the Fleet Viktor Wyler explains: "Electric cars are expensive in terms of their purchase price and maintenance, all the more so as our employees have to take them to charging stations all the time. There they stand still for at least one hour – time during which they are not available to our customers." Nevertheless, Mobility is assessing whether a trend turnaround might be possible in the future. This would require a combination of several factors, ranging from an expansion of the store network by the public sector to a possible willingness on the part of customers to contribute to the price of alternative drives when using them. "We’re hoping for a better starting point to try again with more electric vehicles", says Wyler, summarising his points.
Free-floating is an important piece of the puzzle in the product range
Mobility-Go costs just CHF 0.45 per minute (Click & Drive and Business-Light: CHF 0.49). It complements the classic return car sharing scheme, which the cooperative operates across Switzerland, as well as one-way journeys from A to B (Mobility One-Way). This allows Mobility customers to choose from the widest range of shared mobility with just one click.