Volkswagen plans all-electric car-sharing service

Date: 13 JUL 2018posted by Car Rentaledited by WinX

Dubbed as "WE," will become Volkswagen Group's all electric car-sharing service. WE will begin service in Germany next year with plans to expand to major cities across Europe, North America and Asia in 2020. The goal is to have the entire fleet all electric vehicles.

"We are convinced that the car sharing market still has potential," Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen's board member for sales said in a statement. "That is why we are entering this market with a holistic single-source concept covering all mobility needs from the short journey that takes just a few minutes to the long vacation trip." While the business will begin as car-sharing exclusively, the company plans to expand into other modes of transportation such as scooters. In March, Volkswagen revealed two all electric scooter concepts, the Streetmate and Cityskater. The company described them as a "last-mile electric street surfer." The company hopes to use the WE platform to connect customers to its car-sharing service, rent on of their e-scooters or even pay for parking.

The auto manufacturer also sees the WE platform connecting to MOIA, the company's mobility segment that has launched a ride sharing service with an all-electric shuttle service. While no vehicle models have been revealed for WE, Volkswagen has been planning to launch multiple all-electric models based on the recent family of I.D. concept cars over the next few years. Europe will most likely see the I.D. hatchback first, with the I.D. Crozz crossover, Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz and I.D. Vizzion sedan following. Volkswagen has plans to launch 50 all-electric models across multiple brands by 2025.

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