Fastcharging at GOFAST with Mobility Charging Cards
To enable fast charging while out and about, Mobility equipped its e-vehicles with charging cards to allow customers to use fast charging facilities at all GOFAST stations. The Swiss car-sharing provider has set itself the goal of becoming fully electric and emission-free by 2030 at the latest. In pursuit of this goal, Mobility is not only enabling access to the largest fast-charging network in Switzerland, but also setting up charging infrastructure at rental stations.
While electrification of the entire fleet of 3,000 cars will bring cost benefits – particularly when it comes to maintenance – the charging infrastructure is proving to be the greatest challenge. In addition to retrofitting the fleet, the visionary car-sharing provider has now developed its own solution for charging at Mobility locations and for fast charging while out and about.
AC charging stations at Mobility parking spaces
Following a successful pilot at Zurich Central Station, which began in November 2020 and involves 10 electric cars, new electric car locations have already been opened at the Aarau, Eaux-Vives (Geneva) and Morges railway stations. In a press release, Roland Lötscher, Managing Director of Mobility, has outlined the company’s aim to have ‘a minimum of’ 300 charging stations available across Switzerland by 2023: ‘We want as many charging stations as possible, as quickly as possible. Electric mobility is part of the future and we want to be one of the pioneers.’ As Mobility does not own its parking spaces but rents them, the involvement of landlords in the electrification will be crucial. Mobility proposes that landlords provide the connection to the mains and Mobility installs its own charging solution. This will help to ensure standardised charging processes for customers. The charging stations used by Juice Technology and EVTEC, which offer a charging power of up to 22 kW (AC) or up to 30 kW (DC), are ideal for use at Mobility locations, as cars in those spaces tend to be parked there for several hours.
GOFAST’s fast charging network for longer journeys
Today’s e-vehicles, including those from Mobility, travel hundreds of kilometres. On longer journeys, drivers may find that they need to charge their car. In this case, and to avoid lengthy waits, fast charging with powers of 150 kW or more is more suitable. Depending on the type of vehicle, the temperature and the battery charge level, e-vehicle drivers can gain another 150 km of range in just 10 minutes. To give its customers maximum freedom and flexibility while out and about in their e-vehicles, Mobility put charging cards in all of its e-vehicles to allow customers to use fast charging stations at all GOFAST locations. These RFID cards are a straightforward way to initiate the charging process. There are no additional costs for customers who opt to use this facility. A quick vehicle-specific guide on the charging process is also placed in each vehicle.