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Save money and fuel at the same time while driving? The Car Energy Check makes it possible. Markus Peter, Head of Technology and Environment at the Swiss Auto Trade Association (AGVS), tells us in an interview what improvements are possible during the half-hour vehicle check. 

What is the Car Energy Check and what is its goal?

The AGVS and its affiliated garages that carry it out support the Car Energy Check . The goals of the Car Energy Check are environmental protection, saving costs, reduction in CO2 emissions, and energy saving. For the active affiliated garages , the Car Energy Check is a welcome instrument for boosting customer satisfaction and customer loyalty. EnergieSchweiz supports the project financially and conceptually. Other partnerships exist with individual energy cities, with EcoDrive and, of course, with AXA. Thanks to the lower energy and fuel consumption, the driver not only contributes to the protection of the environment, but also saves money. 

How can I get the Energy Check done on my car?

On the Car Energy Check  website, there is an interactive map to help you find your nearest affiliated garages. The check is made up of two components. First, energy and fuel consumption checks are carried out in the workshop. The results, together with any corrections to the vehicle that needed to be made, are recorded and a certificate tailored to the vehicle and the driver is printed. Second, where possible, a personal concluding discussion is held between the garage and the customer. On the basis of the certificate, the savings that have been realized as well as any further potential savings are identified.

What are the benefits and costs for me as the car's driver?

If the recommendations on the Energy Check certificate are implemented, savings in fuel consumption and fuel costs of up to 20 percent can be achieved. For you, a rethink is the primary requirement as well as a little of your time, e.g. to check the tire pressure regularly.

What are the potential savings in concrete terms?

For a driver, the average savings are up to 240 liters of fuel or 360 Swiss francs per year. If every one of the 4.6 million cars in Switzerland were to be subjected to the Energy Check, a saving of more than a billion liters of fuel per year could, in theory, be achieved.

What additional tips do you have for environmentally conscious behavior?

Whether you're at home, at work, or on the road, only activate the energy supply you actually need. You can often make major savings with small measures, such as the correct setting for the air conditioning. In addition to the Car Energy Check, I recommend visiting an individual driving course from EcoDrive. Anyone about to buy a car can exert a positive influence on the energy balance of their purchase by checking the fuel consumption and energy efficiency category in advance.

Free Car Energy Check for AXA customers

If you have insured your car with AXA and it is undergoing a repair following a claim, you can benefit, on request, from a free Car Energy Check in around 200 partner garages.

12 saving tips

Drivers can use these tips from EcoDrive, the alliance for smart driving, to save fuel and money easily.

  1.  Increase your tire pressure 
  2. Remove unnecessary weight from the car
  3.  Remove the roof rack
  4. Only switch on the air conditioning from 18°
  5. Use cruise control
  6. Use automatic start-stop systems
  7. Turn off seat heating and other energy usage
  8. Shift to high gear early and drive in high gear
  9. Keep an eye on the road ahead
  10. Let the car cruise with your foot off the gas pedal, incl. downhill
  11. Step on the gas and use the highest gear possible on uphill stretches 
  12. Turn off the engine when stopped
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    Markus Peter

    Markus Peter is Head of Technology and Environment at the Swiss Auto Trade Association (AGVS). He's one of the AGVS team of experts on the 20min.ch vehicle advice column and answers questions about the environment and technology.

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