E-cars on Swiss roads. But is the switch worth it?
The topic of e-mobility is now everywhere: cars, motorbikes, bicycles and even scooters are electrically powered. But what does the future of e-mobility look like in Switzerland and where are there still uncertainties?
According to a study by Zurich Insurance, only 2 percent of all passenger cars on Swiss roads in 2018 were electric or hybrid vehicles. Only 0.4 percent had a purely electric drive. However, a rethink has increasingly been taking place since 2019. More than 5,000 electric vehicles were sold in Switzerland last year, which corresponds to a share of around 4 percent of all new registrations. Furthermore, in 2019, an electric car was even the best-selling vehicle for the first time - namely the new Tesla Model 3, followed by the Renault Zoé and the Hyundai Kona EV.
It shows: electric mobility is booming in Switzerland. According to a survey conducted by the TCS in autumn 2020, 53 percent of Swiss people expect to buy an electric car in the future. And yet some drivers are still sceptical, especially as they are repeatedly confronted with information on the subject of e-mobility that is not entirely true. We get to the bottom of this information.
"Electric cars are much too expensive".
At present, electric cars are still more expensive to buy than internal combustion engines, but with every kilometre driven, the purchase becomes more worthwhile. At today's electricity prices, you can cover 100 kilometres in an e-car for less than three francs. In addition, e-cars are exempt from automobile tax, which amounts to 4 per cent of the purchase price. In addition, e-cars are also cheaper in terms of service and operating costs. Maintenance costs are lower because there is no need for oil changes or new spark plugs.
"Electric cars are not that environmentally friendly".
Compared to an internal combustion engine, electric cars pollute the environment more during production. This is mainly due to the battery, which produces many emissions during production. However, if you look at the entire life cycle of the vehicles, the electric car compensates for this shortfall: a petrol car emits around 300 CO2 equivalents per kilometre, the e-car with 122 less than half of that.
The electricity mix is also decisive. An e-car is more environmentally friendly if the electricity comes from renewable sources. In Switzerland, the electricity mix is relatively environmentally friendly. According to the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, 62 percent of electricity currently comes from renewable sources, mainly hydropower.
"You won't get far with an electric car anyway".
A simple electric car can cover between 100 and 500 kilometres before it has to be plugged into a charging station again. For more than 80 percent of the days of an average Swiss daily routine, this range has long been sufficient. Should the battery level still not be sufficient, there are enough places where the car can be (temporarily) recharged. With the help of certain apps (soon to be available at autoSense), you can easily find over 17,000 e-charging stations in Europe.
"Electric cars are not safe enough"
An e-car has all known safety-related components and is therefore just as safe in accidents as a vehicle with an internal combustion engine. Furthermore, studies on road safety show that lack of driving experience, inappropriate speed or lack of concentration are the reasons for accidents and not the type of drive.
Interested in buying an electric car? These are the points you should pay attention to:
Take a test drive in an electric car to get a first impression of electric driving:
Numerous dealers offer test drives for electric cars. Or rent an electric car through a car-sharing provider like Mobility.
Find out about electric charging stations in Switzerland:
There are already numerous apps and websites where you can find information about charging stations in Switzerland. At ich-tanke-strom.ch you can get a complete overview of public charging stations for electric cars. You can see in real time whether a charging station is currently available. There are also apps that help you find your nearest charging station (soon also with autoSense).
Find the right electric vehicle for you:
The choice of electric cars today is diverse: from small cars to family cars to luxury sports cars. On TCS you can find the latest electric car models as well as information on energy efficiency and running costs.
Watch your driving:
With the right driving style, you can reduce the power consumption of your car and increase the range even further. Thanks to the autoScore function, we analyse your own driving style, which not only saves battery life and your wallet, but also the environment.
Together for easy access to the mobility of the future
Around one third of CO2 emissions in Switzerland come from road traffic. Together with our partners Zurich, AMAG and BKW, we are therefore committed to the increased development of electromobility. Our adapters and our app are therefore also compatible with electric vehicles. We are also currently working on integrating a new e-charging function into our app for even easier and more efficient charging of your electric vehicle. Stay tuned!
Tell us about your experience with an electric car and why others should get one too. Just write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "My E-Car Story". We will be happy to publish any additional contributions on our blog.