Volkswagen Launches Electric-car Sharing Service Starting In Berlin

Posted: Jun 27 2019, 11:36pm CDT | by , in Technology News


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Volkswagen launches electric-car sharing service starting in Berlin
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The carmaker will soon offer incentives if you charge the cars yourself.

German carmaker Volkswagen AG has officially jumped on board the car-sharing service space, but unlike most ride-hailing companies, the company is offering electric cars in its fleet.

The new service, called “WeShare,” first rolled out in Berlin, about three hours away from Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg. Volkswagen is piloting the service with 1,500 e-Golf vehicles that are purely electric, operating on green power.

The Volkswagen e-Golf / Photo by Volkswagen

Volkswagen said it intends to add an additional 500 units of e-up! vehicles starting 2020. The e-up! is Volkswagen’s new line of full-electric ID.3 vehicles that are set to hit the streets in mid-2020.

The Volkswagen e-up! / Photo by Volkswagen

The company said WeShare is a “free-floating” system that has no rental stations, but will instead be operated digitally through its dedicated app. The network in Berlin will cover about 150 square kilometers, in the city center and beyond the city train ring line, with plans to extend the scope in the future.

“With WeShare, we have tailored car sharing to meet the needs of users: easy to use with 100 percent electric operation on green power,” Volkswagen’s board member for digital car and services, Christian Senger, said in a statement.

To mark the launch of the app, the company is offering a tariff of 19 cents per minute. WeShare will also waive registration and airport fees for now. From September onwards, tariffs in three categories are to be offered at an average price per minute of 29 cents, Volkswagen said.

The electric vehicles in WeShare’s fleet will be able to charge at 70 branches of Lidl and Kaufland after Volkswagen secured a partnership with the Schwarz Group companies. WeShare service employees will collect and charge the batteries of the EVs. In the future, riders will be able to gain incentives if they recharge the vehicles themselves.

Volkswagen plans to expand WeShare to Prague in partnership with its Czech brand Skoda, and then to Hamburg in 2020.

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