Mobility Budgets: The Sustainable Solution Companies and Their Employees Need

Our content manager Mira had a chat with Henning Albrecht, the Head of B2B at Carvolution, to discuss sustainable commutes, mobility budgets, and the role that car subscriptions will play in MaaS systems in the future. The daily commute is evolving. Today, employees require new mobility solutions that are flexible, efficient, and sustainable. Having a variety of on-demand transport options to choose from is a huge priority for many employees. Carvolution’s car subscriptions, which are now available in the Trafi for Business app, are a practical alternative to private car ownership that employees love to use. 

Mira: What role will car subscriptions play in delivering MaaS solutions in the future? 

Henning: Mobility-as-a-Service has many different facets today. There are solutions for single, very short trips, others for carpooling or car sharing, and then there is the car subscription. Using the right MaaS solution depends on one’s own needs, but also on other external factors such as urban or rural environments. One thing is clear: car subscriptions are starting to play a central role in Switzerland’s mobility landscape. According to studies, car subscriptions will reach a market share of over 40% in the next few years. This underscores how quickly the replacement of conventional solutions such as leasing can happen. What all MaaS solutions have in common is that they help people to travel more sustainably, flexibly, individually, faster, and thus also more economically overall. 

M: What will change commuting habits after corporations start utilizing mobility budgets?

H: Commuting will become more individualized, less “flat-rate”, and therefore more efficient and sustainable in most cases.

Mobility budgets provide employees with an opportunity to make the best possible mobility choices based on their needs.

Mobility budgets are a great solution for both companies and employees. Without any administrative hassle or complicated discussions, they can choose the mobility mode that suits them and their family best. This means that if they’re traveling to the countryside, they can use a car without having to undergo a long process – or vice versa, they’re not held back by having a car if they move to the city and want to commute to work by public transport. 

A solution such as the one being offered by Trafi and Carvolution will allow Swiss companies to position themselves favorably, attract talent, and meet the expectations that today’s employees have of their employers.

The times when everyone receives the same company car are slowly coming to an end. Our needs have become too diverse and individual for these rigid solutions, so switching to mobility budgets will become necessary sooner or later.

M: How can we accelerate a faster shift towards sustainable mobility?

H: This can be done through affordable, efficient, and (most importantly) accessible sustainable technologies. Sustainable mobility can happen at different levels. This can be partially accomplished by using transport options more efficiently, meaning that trains and cars are better filled to capacity. This requires different means of transport to be able to be easily combined, which is related to both usage and billing. A solution like Trafi’s helps us take a big step forward. At Carvolution, we have observed the willingness to switch to electric cars during the past few years. People are mostly hindered by the acquisition costs, which we can counteract with car subscriptions. However, many people still have reservations about the charging infrastructure, and there’s still a lot to be done there. Adaptation will be accelerated if companies and politics set a joint focus.

M: What does Carvolution like about working with Trafi? 

H: That’s easy: great product, the right timing, and a great match of business models. Lastly and very importantly, Trafi has a super professional and skilled team that is also fun to work with.