Electric auto charging in front of a residential house

The demand for new forms of driving is increasing. While combustion engines still make up the majority of cars on the road, hybrid and purely electric models are on the rise. More and more electric cars, especially SUVs, are coming onto the Swiss market. For anyone thinking of buying a new car, it is worth taking a look at the current trends in electric cars.

The future of auto-mobility is electric

Demand for electric cars is high and in 2023, almost 21% of newly registered cars were electric, while a further 10 were hybrids - more than in the previous year. The prospect of the EU ban on internal combustion engines from 2035 will certainly also have a significant impact on the turnaround of car manufacturers, but also of drivers. Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, Director of the CAR - Centre Automotive Research in Duisburg, is in favour of the EU reform, as it creates additional investment security. He says that "the major car manufacturers can easily meet the 2035 target. Some will reach the target earlier."

The "Electromobility Roadmap", an initiative launched by the Swiss government with the aim of driving forward the development of electromobility, sets clear targets in the area of e-mobility in order to achieve Switzerland's climate targets. One of the main goals of the roadmap is for half of all new registrations to be electric cars by 2025. To achieve this, a well-developed charging network is needed. Concerns about too few charging stations are considered one of the main arguments against e-mobility. However, these concerns are increasingly being refuted: as of November 2023, there are more than 12,500 generally accessible charging stations across Switzerland, with the aim of 20,000 by 2050, according to the "Electric Mobility Roadmap".

Electric SUVs: Modern design meets sustainable drive system

In 2023, the Tesla Model Y will once again be the most popular electric car, closely followed by the Škoda Enyaq and the Audi Q4. What these cars have in common is not only their electric drive, but also their format. All three models are SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicles), with their many attractive features. The good overview thanks to a raised seating position improves driving safety. Getting in and out of the SUVs is also easier, which many older people in particular appreciate. Families will also appreciate the large boot, which also makes dog owners happy. Not to be neglected are the futuristic look and design of the cars, which exude elegance. The most popular electric SUVs at Carvolution naturally include the Tesla models, but also the Skoda Enyaq and Volvo XC60.

How does Carvolution sense the trend?

Electric cars are one of the fastest-growing categories. The population's increased environmental awareness is also reflected in their consumer behaviour. Electric cars have become an integral part of the Carvolution range. Over 30% of our various brands and models are powered purely by electricity or as plug-in hybrids. Thanks to our customers, this proportion will only increase in the coming years.

What are the costs of electric cars?

The purchase prices of electric cars vary greatly. From mid-range cars to SUV sedans, there is the whole range. There are already affordable models for smaller budgets, such as the Dacia Spring. Demand was high and the mini-SUV sold out quickly at Carvolution. But money can also be saved with the more expensive models. According to the TCS, the average cost per kilometre for new cars running on petrol and diesel is between 86 and 94 centimes. In comparison, the cost per kilometre for electric cars is only between 79 and 84 centimes. E-cars are cheaper to drive. Even the higher energy prices do little to change this because electric cars use energy more sparingly.

What should be considered when buying an electric car?

There are a number of factors to consider when buying an electric car. Firstly, the range and charging times are crucial. Families, employees in the field and people with flexible leisure activities are dependent on a long range and fast charging times. In addition, it must be clarified whether there is sufficient charging infrastructure in the daily neighbourhood. Furthermore, e-cars often have a higher purchase price, but this is offset by the lower operating costs. The residual value is a tricky issue because battery technology is developing rapidly and there is no guarantee that the car's battery will still have the same capacity after a few years as when it was purchased. In addition, the demand for used electric cars is still uncertain. This is where the advantage of the car subscription becomes clear. You choose an electric car that meets your needs and are flexible. After some time, you return the car. You don't have to worry about the residual value, servicing, insurance or anything else. Get in, drive off and enjoy.

New electric cars at Carvolution

Of course, Carvolution will also be adding new electric cars to its range in 2024. With an All-in-One package: insurance, taxes, cantonal redemption, service and tyres are already included. You drive your own new electric car at a fixed monthly price. It is not yet possible to say exactly which new models will be added to the range. What is certain is that we will be adding some new models and brands to the range. Stay tuned. In the meantime, you can take a look at all the electric vehicles that are now in our range here.

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