Volkswagen to offer 'zero-emission' car-sharing services
Volkswagen will offer its customers car sharing services, beginning with vehicle-on-demand services with the WE customer platform in Germany in 2019. These services are to be extended to major cities in Europe, North America, and Asia as early as 2020.
“We are convinced that the car sharing market still has potential. 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. Our vehicle-on-demand fleets will consist entirely of electric cars, and will therefore provide zero-emission, sustainable mobility. That is an intelligent way to relieve the strain on urban areas,” explained Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen brand board member for sales.
Apart from car sharing, vehicle-on-demand services can also include what are known as micro-mobility solutions. Volkswagen recently presented e-mobile solutions for urban centers with the I.D. Cityskater and the I.D. Streetmate study. Going forward, vehicle-on-demand services from the WE customer platform, which could also be used to provide services such as a parking app or location-based vouchering, are also designed to complement the mobility solutions offered by Moia. Moia’s products focus on ride hailing and pooling services.
The vehicle-on-demand services available on the Volkswagen WE platform will be managed by Urban Mobility International GmbH (UMI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG led by CEO Philip Reth.