Volkswagen’s MOIA Debuts All-electric Ridesharing Vehicle in Berlin

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MOIA also revealed more details about the ride-pooling service, including pricing.

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.

“The market is unlimited”, Mr Harms said.

The concept comes from Volkswagen’s Moia subsidiary, an extension of VW’s mobility efforts that hopes to capitalize on some people’s desire to ditch personal transportation in favor of ride-hailing. The app shows which cars are available and how much the ride will cost before a customer books a trip. Algorithms will handle the carpooling portion, matching customers with similar destinations. Moia will hire drivers, as well as sell the service to fleet operators as well as municipalities. The interior was created to be spacious, with standalone seats, plenty of legroom, and enough space to move around and reach each seat easily. It looks spacious with standalone seats comfortable for up to six passengers. The auto was developed and designed exclusively for ride pooling services – every ride should be comfortable.

Every seat is equipped with dimmable reading lights, USB ports, and each auto also offers “fast WiFi for passengers”. Each auto also offers fast WiFi for passengers. The optimized automatic door and handlebar make getting in and out of the vehicle easy.

“The auto represents total comfort and is a crucial piece of our consistent service experience”. Numerous ideas from this process went directly into the development of the vehicle. “We’re also working on other future versions as well”, says Robert Henrich, MOIA COO. Rather, it’s focusing on electric vehicle benefits, including the pollution-free 300 km (186 mile) range, 30-minute time to an 80 percent charge and quiet operation.

VW was able to get the MOIA van on the road and present a functional vehicle in just ten months thanks to “agile” design techniques used at its factory in Onsnabrück.

“Together with MOIA and VW Osnabrück, we are redefining auto manufacturing”, said Eckhard Scholz, from the Executive Board of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

Modern cars work quite well as vehicles in the sharing economy, even though they aren’t built specifically for that task.

Moia’s service is already being tested in public, although it’s now limited to Hannover, Germany, and it relies on traditional Volkswagen Multivans.

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