EV ride-pooler

Volkswagen has unveiled an all-electric minibus to target urban customers who prefer to pay for use rather than own a vehicle, furthering the German company’s push into new forms of online-controlled personal transport services.

Volkswagen’s (VW) new MOIA ‘‘mobility services’’ division has announced plans for a fully electric international ride-pooling service that aims to remove a million cars from European and U.S. cities by 2025.

The new division aims to take on Uber with its services.

MOIA will next year launch 200 of the six-seater buses in Hamburg, Germany’s second most-populous city, offering passengers fast internet access and USB ports to charge phones and tablet computers, MOIA chief executive Ole Harms said at a technology conference.

Berlin-based MOIA will expand its Hamburg-based electric-bus fleet to 1000 units within three years and target other cities from 2019.

‘‘We will return the cities to the people,’’ Harms said, adding the ride-pooling plans will help to significantly reduce urban congestion at prices cheaper than taxi rides.

The Hamburg project would initially be running at a loss. But the growth of ride-hailing services and the prospect of driverless vehicles would encourage people to switch to paying for individual journeys rather than buying their own cars, he said.

Struggling to draw a line under its 2015 diesel emissions test-cheating scandal, VW created MOIA a year ago with a view to it generating a substantial share of group revenues by 2025 as it invests billions of euros in electrification, ride-hailing and self-driving cars.

MOIA will draw on VW’s modular platforms to build the new electric bus which can run for about 300km on a single battery charge and needs about 30 minutes to recharge to 80 percent of full capacity. – Daily Mail

Volkswagen has unveiled an all-electric minibus to target urban customers who prefer to pay for use rather than own a vehicle, furthering the German company’s push into new forms of online-controlled personal transport services.

Volkswagen’s (VW) new MOIA ‘‘mobility services’’ division has announced plans for a fully electric international ride-pooling service that aims to remove a million cars from European and U.S. cities by 2025.

The new division aims to take on Uber with its services.

MOIA will next year launch 200 of the six-seater buses in Hamburg, Germany’s second most-populous city, offering passengers fast internet access and USB ports to charge phones and tablet computers, MOIA chief executive Ole Harms said at a technology conference.

Berlin-based MOIA will expand its Hamburg-based electric-bus fleet to 1000 units within three years and target other cities from 2019.

‘‘We will return the cities to the people,’’ Harms said, adding the ride-pooling plans will help to significantly reduce urban congestion at prices cheaper than taxi rides.

The Hamburg project would initially be running at a loss. But the growth of ride-hailing services and the prospect of driverless vehicles would encourage people to switch to paying for individual journeys rather than buying their own cars, he said.

Struggling to draw a line under its 2015 diesel emissions test-cheating scandal, VW created MOIA a year ago with a view to it generating a substantial share of group revenues by 2025 as it invests billions of euros in electrification, ride-hailing and self-driving cars.

MOIA will draw on VW’s modular platforms to build the new electric bus which can run for about 300km on a single battery charge and needs about 30 minutes to recharge to 80 percent of full capacity. – Daily Mail

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