Road vehicles - Stock, level of motorisation


Stock of vehicles

Between 2000 and 2018, the road motor vehicle stock (excluding mopeds) increased by 33% 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. 19 181 all electric cars were registered in 2018 in total, i.e. around 25 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 2017 2018
Total stock (without mopeds) 4 584 718 6 053 258 6 113 791
3 545 247 4 570 823 4 602 688

of which petrol-driven

3 402 309 3 127 023 3 114 726

of which diesel-driven

141 863 1 346 938 1 374 246

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

0 67 661 79 737

of which all-electric vehicles

754 14 539 19 181

Average age of passenger cars (years)

6.9 8.5 8.6
Passenger transport vehicles 40 260 73 814 77 985
278 518 416 501 428 808

of which light vehicles (up to 3.5 t)

229 339 364 587 376 227

of which heavy vehicles (more than 3.5 t)

49 179 51 914 52 581
Agricultural vehicles 177 963 192 858 193 283
Industrial vehicles 48 949 70 113 71 683
Motorcycles 493 781 729 149 739 344
Mopeds including fast E-bikes1 218 932 187 870 201 267
1) All e-bikes requiring a moped registration plate

Sources: FSO – Moped survey, conducted by the cantons; FSO, FEDRO – Stock of road vehicles (MFZ)

Level of motorisation

In 2018, 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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