Support Programme for Electric and Hybrid Buses in Switzerland

Project type: Energy Efficiency

Project location: Switzerland

Project status: In operation, exclusive

Annual CO₂ reduction: ca. 1,500 t (till 2030)

The FOEN-certified climate protection programme promotes the use of alternative drive technologies on Swiss roads. Replacing conventional diesel buses with electric and hybrid buses cuts down on fossil fuels and thus avoids CO₂ emissions.

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The number of electric buses, hybrid buses and hybrid trolley buses on Swiss roads remains small. Conventional diesel buses are still the first choice for new acquisitions. Key reasons for this are the high investment costs and the lack of experience with alternative technologies.

The climate protection programme encourages the purchase of electric and hybrid buses. As a FOEN-registered programme, reduction certificates issued by the FOEN can be purchased for reductions in CO₂ emissions generated by the electric-, hybrid- and hybrid trolley buses. The proceeds from the sale of the certificates enable bus operators to plan their capital outlays more profitably in the medium term. The support programme runs until at least 2030, subject to demand for certificates based on the revised CO₂ law expected in 2022. The operation of the programme Swiss Electric and hybrid buses is funded by the foundation KliK.


    Use our contribution calculator to calculate the individual subsidy contribution for your company. The programme is open to both public transport operators as well as private bus companies throughout Switzerland.


    Foundation myclimate, Tel +41 44 500 43 50

    Did you know...?

    Thanks to the participation in the support programme for electric and hybrid buses...

    • your bus company receives a subsidy of up to CHF 140,000 for the purchase of an electric bus over 7 years
    • an electric bus reduces CO2-emissions by up to 90 tons compared to a conventional diesel bus.
    • electric buses can receive advance financing of CHF 60,000 and hybrid trolley buses CHF 40,000
    • By operating electric and hybrid buses, a company contributes to increasing public awareness of alternative drive technologies and distinguishes itself as an environmentally conscious company.


    This project contributes to 2 SDGs:

    The programme countributes to a sustainable urban development und helps to avoid air and noise pollution.

    E-buses save between 60-90 tons of CO2 and hybrid buses between 15-20 tons of CO2 compared to conventional diesel buses.

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