After a spread out of rumours for few months, the car manufacturer confirmed its new Volkswagen We Car Sharing service. Though the company didn’t share much detail before, but we have got hands on some information for you. The service will get on eMov (PSA group – Peugeot and Citröen), Car2go (Daimler), Zity (Renault and Ferrovial) and company.
The project, known as We Share, will start in Berlin in 2019. To begin with, they will put the 100% electric variants of the Volkswagen e-Golf and the Volkswagen Up on the streets. In addition, this also fulfils the promise of the German group to launch a service with zero emissions.
2000 cars in Berlin and more cities by 2020
Why Berlin as a pilot city for Volkswagen we car sharing service? According to the company, Berlin is “ideal” due to its large size and high population density. Besides this, the city is also close to the group’s headquarters, in Wolfsburg.
1500 units of the electric Golf will be the first cars to reach the project. Later, the company will add 500 units of the Up, completing the first fleet. While the former has more power and interior space, the latter is much more compact and smaller. Also, the Volkswagen Up is better for urban travel and can park easily.
Features & Services Available with Volkswagen We Car Sharing Service
As usually seen with the digital services available today, this one also offers some common features. You can reserve a cab through a mobile app and get free parking throughout the city. This eliminates the hassles & worries of having to leave them at a specific point or in a particular deposit.
This launch is part of a Volkswagen strategy called “Digital Offensive.”
The following iterations of these models will replace the cars of this fleet as they arrive. This initiative is part of its so-called “digital offensive”, through which it will invest 3,500 million euros by 2025. By 2020, for now, we will reach more European and North American cities without specifying at the moment.
Although Berlin is ideal to test such a service, Volkswagen will have to face stiff competition. Recent mergers of Car2Go with DriveNow and Daimler with BMW will probably create a rivalry in the market. Both offer 20,000 vehicles in 31 cities and already have four million registered users.
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