Save money as well as fuel and energy while driving? The Car Energy Check makes it possible. Markus Peter of the Swiss Auto Trade Association (AGVS) tells us in an interview what improvements can be done during the half-hour vehicle check.
The AGVS and its affiliated Swiss garages carrying out the work are behind the Car Energy Check (AEC).
The aims of the Car Energy Check are to:
Thanks to the vehicle check, the active AEC garages can promote customer satisfaction and loyalty. EnergieSchweiz supports the project conceptually and financially. Other partnerships exist with EcoDrive and with AXA of course. Thanks to the lower energy and fuel consumption, the driver not only contributes to protecting the environment, but also saves money.
The Car Energy Check website shows an interactive map so that you can find your nearest AEC garage. The check is made up of two parts: firstly, the workshop checks energy and consumption-related points and corrects any defects. After that, the vehicle condition is recorded in a web application and a certificate is produced accordingly. In a final personal discussion, the garage then explains the certificate to the customer, detailing what was already optimized and how even more energy can be saved. The Car Energy Check certificate also shows how much energy can be saved by switching from the current car to an electric one in the same vehicle segment.
If the recommendations on the AEC certificate are implemented, you can achieve savings of up to 20 percent in fuel consumption and fuel costs. For you, this means first and foremost a change of mindset. For example, getting used to having your tire pressure checked regularly or only switching on the air-conditioning when necessary.
Drivers with a gas or diesel vehicle can on average save up to 200 liters per year in fuel consumption.
At home, at work or when you're on the road, only switch on the electronic equipment that you actually need. You can often make major savings with small measures , such as setting the air-conditioning correctly. In addition to the Car Energy Check, I recommend taking an individual EcoDrive driving course. Anyone about to buy a car can exert a positive influence on the energy footprint of their purchase by checking the fuel consumption and energy efficiency category in advance. Furthermore, the comparison on the AEC certificate between the current car and an electric one from the same vehicle segment can be the first indication of this.
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 Energy Check in around 200 partner garages.
These measures can help you save on fuel and reduce your vehicle's carbon emissions:
You can find specific savings tips for your vehicle type on the EcoDrive website, the alliance for smart driving.