Neither the 9-euro ticket nor the prospect of the new Deutschland-Ticket for 49 euros have brought the railway and public transport a sympathy bonus. This is one of the results of a survey of more than 4000 consumers for the mobility study of the insurance company HUK Coburg. The question was asked: "Which means of transport do you think will best meet the selection criteria in the future?" Three entries were allowed. The preference for rail fell to 16 percent from 2021 percent in 2022 and 15. Trams and S-Bahn lost from 12 percent approval in 2021 to 10 percent in 2023.

While in the Corona year 2021, 30 percent of respondents expressed their preference for "walking" and 26 percent for cycling, the popularity of these means of transport has now shrunk by a good quarter: In the survey for 2023, there was still a preference for the walk and 23 percent for the bicycle.

The popularity of the electric car, with 17 percent of preferences in 2021 and 19 percent for 2022, stagnated at 2023 percent in the 19 survey. However, the discussion about e-fuels led to growing expectations of "cars with alternative climate-neutral drives". It was first asked in 2022, and 8 percent saw it as the ideal means of transport for the future. By 2023, this share has grown to 18 percent. Including electric cars and climate-neutral cars, the car continued to gain importance among respondents and was cited as an important means of transport by 2023 percent in 72, up from 67 percent in the previous year.

Automotive industry scores points in terms of competence

To this end, 63 percent of those surveyed also wanted a change in mobility concepts for the future. 22 percent of those surveyed attributed the greatest competence for mobility concepts to the automotive industry, ahead of the German government (22 percent) and Deutsche Bahn (15 percent). In this survey, only 9 percent of the participants rated the EU as competent, while only 2 percent rated the Last Generation Movement.

"The results of the surveys repeatedly show us that people in Germany want to see the debates on this more innovative and less blinkered," comments Jörg Rheinländer, board member of HUK Coburg. "People are becoming more and more concerned about how mobility can work in the future. I'm surprised at the large majority of people who think the car is clearly number one – especially against the backdrop of political discussions that want to push back the car."