A Mobility car today already consumes one fifth less fuel in comparison. More alternative drives are also set to further reduce overall emissions.
The Mobility fleet is and will remain efficient: its average fuel consumption currently stands at 4.7 litres/100 km, meaning a Mobility car undercuts the average new Swiss car by one fifth. "Where possible, we want to offer top-of-the-range vehicles in all our different categories", explains Viktor Wyler, Head of the Fleet. This is also reflected in CO2 emissions: with an output of 94 g CO2/km, it is also far below the Swiss average for new cars (134 g CO2/km).
Mobility has taken 31’400 private cars off the road and saves 23’500 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.
However, all values could increase slightly in the future. There are several reasons for this: firstly, because of the diesel scandal, the cooperative is increasingly replacing diesel vehicles with petrol ones. These emit less nitrogen oxide, but more carbon dioxide. Secondly, more and more Mobility users want to drive automatic vehicles, which also consume more. "And thirdly," explains Wyler, "the industry ultimately has to adopt more realistic methods. This causes the original fuel consumption figures for all cars worldwide to rise."
Alternative drive systems are on the rise
Alternative drive systems are also a hot topic at Mobility. Therefore, the company sets itself the goal of operating 150 electric cars by the end of next year – around twice as many as there were a few months ago. The challenge lies in the fact that no electric cars have been able to cover their costs so far. The purchase and infrastructure costs are too high, and the booking numbers too low. "We can therefore say at present that the other categories cross-subsidise electric cars," says Viktor Wyler. Mobility also offers 110 Toyota Yaris Hybrids (combined electric/petrol drive) and 100 gas-fuelled Go vehicles in Geneva. The Mobility "ServiceMobil" staff, who take care of the cleanliness and driveability of the cars, also drive gas VWs.
Changing the behaviour of users is more important than emission ratings
Despite all efforts, one thing is crucial to establishing a low-emission fleet: it is the change in user behaviour that creates the major sustainable effect of car sharing – not the cars themselves. After all, a study showed that Mobility drivers often don’t have a car or a second car and use public transport more frequently instead. Mobility has therefore taken 31’400 private cars off the road in Switzerland and saves 23’500 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. A great thing for the environment!