Mobility customers and the environment have cause for celebration: by 2023, the Cooperative will offer 700 alternatively powered cars. That’s twice as many as today. The aim is to fall below the government’s ambitious guidelines for CO2.
Cars that want to make it into the Mobility fleet need to meet stringent criteria, including fulfilling high security and safety standards and being easy to operate and as environmentally friendly as possible. As an overarching guiding light, the Cooperative is voluntarily pursuing the government’s target values, which allow for maximum CO2 emissions of 95 grams per kilometre for new cars. "We’re aiming to fall below this value with our entire fleet," explains Mobility Managing Director Roland Lötscher. That is why the company is setting out to more than double the number of electric and hybrid vehicles in its fleet by 2023. Pure petrol and diesel vehicles, on the other hand, are being phased out. "This is how we plan to continue on the current path we carved out to offer more alternative drives," says a delighted Lötscher. He continues to say that there are no limits on this: If the framework conditions for electric mobility improve faster than expected, the Cooperative will further increase the purchase amount.
The 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre, given by the government as a guideline, was set prior to the diesel scandal. However, the new WLTP measuring method has been in use ever since. It has more realistic emission values, in other words 20% higher than the old NEDC method on average. Falling short of the target CO2 emission values is thus a challenge for Mobility, which it can conquer thanks to the electric and hybrid fleet being expanded. If the Mobility fleet were to be judged based on the old NEDC method, it would produce a mere 76 grams of CO2 per kilometre by 2023.
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Adding to the current number of 90 electric vehicles is not free from business risks. "Expensive purchase prices and a lack of charging infrastructure are making a profitable electric car sharing operation difficult at the moment. Furthermore, many people have reservations when it comes to the vehicle’s operation or range," says Lötscher. However, these fears are unfounded: the Renault Zoes that Mobility use travel up to 400 kilometres on a single charge. And they are very easy to operate, as this video shows. Lötscher claims that this is just one of the reasons why Mobility believes in electromobility: "We are convinced that it will develop rapidly and impress more and more customers. For us, electric cars are an important pillar of the future." Incidentally, Mobility charges e-cars with solar power or hydropower produced in Switzerland.
The Cooperative is also making strides on the hybrid scene, where 120 vehicles are currently available. The alternative fleet is being rounded off with 100 biogas cars which have now been in operation in a free-floating scene in the city of Geneva for two years. Mobility also pays attention to sustainable mobility itself, with all employees who maintain and clean the fleet also travelling around with biogas cars.
The first Mobility Tesla in Switzerland has recently been placed at Basel railway station (media release PDF). The electrically powered car is part of a project designed to integrate partner company vehicles in the Mobility fleet. The aim is to run a year-long test in collaboration with Revendo to assess whether users think the Tesla is user-friendly enough in terms of day-to-day car sharing.