Road vehicles - Stock, level of motorisation
Between 2000 and 2020, the road vehicle stock (excluding mopeds) increased by 36% to 6.2 million. Passenger cars accounted for around three quarters of this stock; for some time there has been a trend towards hybrid and electric vehicles. In 2020, 43 400 all-electric vehicles were registered, representing 0.9% of all passenger cars. The canton of Zug had the highest rate of electric vehicles at 2.0%.
A considerable increase has also been seen among motorcycles and light goods vehicles: their stocks have risen by 56% and 74% respectively since 2000.
In 2015, 65% of all households owned at least one bicycle. 7% of households had an e-bike.
In 2020, there were an average of 541 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.
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.
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