Volkswagen has announced it will be offering customers car sharing services in future.
It will start in Germany from next year., followed by an international rollout from 2020, initially in major cities in Europe, North America and Asia. The fleet will consist entirely of electric vehicles.
For the vehicle-on-demand services, in particular car sharing, Volkswagen will expand its ‘WE’ offering. And apart from car sharing, vehicle-on-demand services can also include what are known as micro-mobility solutions. Volkswagen recently presented progressive e-mobile solutions for urban centres with two studies called the ‘ID Cityskater’ and the ‘ID Streetmate’.
Volkswagen brand board member for sales, Jurgen Stackmann, says VW is convinced 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.”
Going forward, vehicle-on-demand services from the WE/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 above all on ride hailing and pooling services.