While combustion engines are constantly losing popularity, the demand for new forms of propulsion is increasing. Electromobility has also long since arrived in Switzerland. More and more electric cars, especially SUVs, are entering the Swiss market. For anyone who is thinking about getting a new vehicle, it is worth taking a look at the current trends in electric cars.
The future of automobility is electricThe demand for electric cars is high and the global chip shortage is still causing extended delivery times. So the purchase of a new electric car is certainly not cheap. Nevertheless, the electric boom in Switzerland continues. According to FEDRO, almost 18% of new cars sold in 2022 will run exclusively on electricity. A further 8% are dual-fuelled, i.e. have both a combustion engine and an electric motor installed. There is a clear trend away from so-called plug-in hybrids and the manufacturers' focus is clearly on fully electric models. The recently imposed EU ban on combustion engines from 2035 onwards has certainly played a significant role in the carmakers' turnaround. Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, Director of CAR - Center Automotive Research in Duisburg, thinks the EU reform is good because it creates additional investment security. He says that "the big car manufacturers can easily meet the 2035 target. Some will reach the target earlier."
Something is also moving in Switzerland. A joint target between the Federal Council and the car industry provides for a 50% share for e-cars and hybrid models in new registrations by 2035. In addition, the share of charging stations in Switzerland increased by 35% last year. So the age of the combustion engine is not yet over in Switzerland, but the end is foreseeable.
Electric SUVs: Modern design meets sustainable drive systemAmong the 10 vehicles that were registered most frequently in 2022 were three electric vehicles. These were the Tesla Model Y, the Tesla Model 3, and the Skoda Enyaq. What these vehicles 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. It is also easier to get in and out of the SUVs, which is particularly appreciated by many older people. Another advantage for families is the large luggage compartment, which also makes dog owners happy. Not to be neglected are the futuristic looks and design of the vehicles, which exude the utmost elegance. The most popular electric SUVs at Carvolution are of course the Tesla models, but also the Audi e-tron S or the VW ID.4 GTX.
The electric highlights at a glance
Drivers have reason to rejoice. In the coming months and years, there will be many exciting premieres and facelifts in the electric segment. Especially the carmakers from the big canton are pursuing a consistent wave of modernisation. The Opel Group, for example, is opening a new chapter and presenting the first e-wagon from a German brand. The fully electric Opel Astra Electric uses Stellantis technology and has a 156 hp electric motor. It is no surprise that far-reaching innovations are appearing, especially in the SUV segment. Already from the beginning of 2023, the Jeep Avenger will be available on the basis of the eCMP platform. Citroën's crossover, the ë-C4 X, relies on the same technology. Both models are in the rather affordable price range and therefore exciting for car drivers willing to change. In the high-end segment, the Gothenburg car manufacturer Polestar shows how premium goes. The chic luxury SUV Polestar 3 will be equipped with at least 490 hp and have an immense range of over 600 km. Those who don't like SUVs need not despair. With the compact Smart #1 and the exciting Ora Funky Cat, the Chinese carmakers show their ambitions for entering the Western market. But the biggest surprise in the electric scene will be whether Tesla will manage to deliver their pickup, the Tesla Cybertruck, in mid-2023. A look back at the past postponements makes us sit up and take notice. We remain curious.
How does Carvolution sense the trend?
Electric cars are one of the fastest growing categories. The increased environmental awareness among the population is also noticeable 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 electrically or as plug-in hybrids. Thanks to our customers, the share will only increase in the coming years.
What are the costs of electric cars?
The purchase prices of e-cars vary greatly. From mid-range cars to SUV sedans, there is the whole range. There are already low-cost models for smaller wallets, such as the Dacia Spring. The demand was great and the mini-SUV was sold out at Carvolution accordingly quickly. But money can also be saved on the more expensive models. According to TCS, the average cost per kilometre of cars running on petrol and diesel for new vehicles 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?
When buying an electric car, there are several factors to consider. Firstly, the range and charging times are of a crucial nature. Families, employees in the field, but also people with a flexible leisure schedule are dependent on a large range and rapid charging times. In addition, it must be clarified whether there is sufficient charging infrastructure in the daily environment. In addition, e-cars often have a higher purchase price, but this is offset by the lower operating costs. A sensitive issue is the residual value, because battery technology is developing rapidly and it is not guaranteed that the car's battery will still have the same capacity after a few years as when it was purchased. Moreover, 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 suits your needs and you are flexible. After some time, for as long as you think is right, you return the car. You don't have to worry about the residual value, service, insurance or anything else. Get in, drive off, enjoy.
New electric cars at Carvolution
Of course, Carvolution will also add new electric cars to its range in 2023. With an all-inclusive package: insurance, taxes, cantonal redemption, service and tyres are already included. You drive your own new electric car for 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. Be curious. In the meantime, you can take a look at all our electric vehicles that are now in the range here.