Road vehicles - Stock, level of motorisation


Stock of vehicles

Between 2000 and 2017, the road motor vehicle stock (excluding mopeds) increased by 32% to 6,1 million. Passenger cars account for around three quarters of this stock; for some time there has been a trend towards diesel and 4x4 vehicles. 14,539 all electric cars were registered in 2017 in total, i.e. around nineteen times more than in 2000. A considerable increase has also been seen among motorcycles and light goods vehicles: their stock has risen by 50% since 2000.

In 2015, 65% of all households owned at least one bicycle. 7% of households had an e-bike.

Road motor vehicles in Switzerland
  2000 2016 2017
Total stock (without mopeds) 4,584,718 5,980,512 6,053,258
3,545,247 4,524,029 4,570,823

of which petrol-driven

3,402,309 3,149,902 3,127,023

of which diesel-driven

141,863 1,291,500 1,346,938

of which hybrid vehicles (petrol-electric, diesel-electric)

0 57,439 67,661

of which all-electric vehicles

754 10,724 14,539

Average age of passenger cars (years)

6.9 8.4 8,5
Passenger transport vehicles1 40,260 69,676 73,814
278,518 405,566 416,501

of which light vehicles (up to 3.5 t)

229,339 354,003 364,587

of which heavy vehicles (more than 3.5 t)

49,179 51,563 51,914
Agricultural vehicles 177,963 192,139 192,858
Industrial vehicles 48,949 68,721 70,113
Motorcycles 493,781 720,381 729,149
Mopeds including fast E-bikes2 218,932 176,030 r 187,870
Note: registered vehicles as of 30. September (whose owners are Swiss residents); mopeds: Registered vehicles as of 31 December
1) Excl. trolley buses and articulated trolley buses
2) All e-bikes requiring a moped registration plate
r revised
Sources: FSO – Moped survey, conducted by the cantons; FSO, FEDRO – Stock of road vehicles (MFZ)

Level of motorisation

In 2017, there were an average of 543 passenger cars per 1000 inhabitants in Switzerland, with considerable regional differences: Particularly in urban agglomerations with a dense public transport network, the level of motorisation was considerably below the Swiss average.


Public road transport vehicles

Approximately 6700 public road transport vehicles were registered in 2015. Four fifths of these vehicles were buses. Their stock has risen by 26% since 2000. In parallel, the stock of trams has increased by 5%, whereas the number of trolley buses has fallen by 15%. This decline is primarily due to the acquisition of larger vehicle combinations and larger vehicles.

Public transport vehicles
  1990 2000 2015
Total stock 5,833 5,668 6,736
Tramways 953
741 778
Trolley buses 697 646 548
Buses
4,183 4,281 5,410
Source: FSO – Public transport statistics (TP)

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