Automotive: The share of electric cars continues to rise in Switzerland

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AutomotiveThe share of electric cars continues to rise in Switzerland

Every fourth new car can now be charged online, regardless of whether it is 100% electric or plug-in hybrid. It is a Tesla, which is the best-selling model of its kind in Switzerland.

Tesla Model Y is the best-selling new electric car in 2022.

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In 2022, sales of new passenger cars remained significantly below pre-pandemic levels. Delivery problems and waiting times are probably the reason. Nevertheless, electric cars have been able to hold their own. Every fourth new car can be recharged online (market share: 24.3%), announces the Swiss eMobility Association, which supports the development of mobility electricity in Switzerland.

In terms of numbers, cars with fossil fuels are almost at the same level as alternatively powered cars (49.5% versus 50.5%). But gasoline or diesel engines lose 4.4% market share compared to 2021 in favor of hybrids (25.2%, +5.3%) and fully electric cars (17.3%, +2.9%). Note that plug-in hybrids, which represent 8% of new cars, were down for the first time last year (-1.1%).

Fossil-powered cars (petrol: 37.8%, diesel: 11.7%) are almost on par with alternative drives (100% electric car: 17.3%, Plug-In hybrid: 8%, Hybrid: 25.2%).

Fossil-powered cars (petrol: 37.8%, diesel: 11.7%) are almost on par with alternative drives (100% electric car: 17.3%, Plug-In hybrid: 8%, Hybrid: 25.2%).

Swiss e-mobility

In European comparison, Switzerland was overtaken by Germany during the second half of the year and continues to fall in the ranking of new registrations of electric cars. In this area, it is Norway, followed by Iceland and Sweden, that holds the palm.

Expensive cars

But when the Swiss get down to business, they don’t hesitate to aim for the top of the segment. In fact, they love Teslas. The Tesla Model Y was the most popular with 4,635 cars sold, ahead of the Tesla Model 3, which fell to 2nd place. In 3rd place we find the Skoda Enyaq, then the Audi Q4 and Cupra Born. When it comes to plug-in hybrids, the Volvo XC60 remains in the lead, followed by BMW’s X5 and Ford Kuga.

Where do most people buy electric cars in Switzerland? It is again Zurich that comes first (5,929 cars sold). But if you compare the sales figures with the number of inhabitants, the results are surprising: Zurich is only in the middle of the ranking. Zug, Nidwalden and Schwyz are in the lead. Swiss eMobility explains this phenomenon by the fact that there are particularly many public charging stations there, again in relation to the number of inhabitants.

In this connection, the development of the public charging infrastructure also increased by 35% compared to the previous year, which corresponds to 556 charging points more than in 2021. The previous year this increase was “only” 22%.

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