The Swiss auto market has fallen to its lowest level in 24 years. Despite this historic drop, the number of hybrid and electric cars put into circulation has continued to grow strongly, announced the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) on Friday.
A total of 336,841 cars were registered last year, a contraction of 17.8% over one year. ‘This represents the lowest figure recorded since 1996. The decrease was particularly strong during the months of semi-containment in the spring,’ the statement said.
At the height of the health crisis, in April, the number of registrations plunged by 58.2%, but the declines in May (-38.0%) and March (-33.8%) were also significant . From June onwards, the decline settled into a range of -14.7% in October and -1.0% in November.
While the decrease in entries into service was particularly marked for passenger cars (-23.7% to 238,664 units) and freight vehicles (-18.9%), other vehicle groups fared much better. Thus, passenger transport vehicles (buses, mobile homes), agricultural machinery and motorcycles even saw their new registrations increase compared to 2019.
New registrations of electric cars increased 49.8% to 19,765 units, and those of hybrid drives by 78.9% to 47,196 units.
According to the OFS, the total of electric cars and plug-in hybrid models put into circulation amounted to 34,204 so-called ‘electric plug’ vehicles, representing a share of 14.3% of the total of new passenger cars. .
‘This means that the target of 15% of plug-in cars stipulated in the’ Roadmap for electric mobility 2022 ‘in Switzerland has already almost been achieved in 2020’, note the federal statisticians.