Volkswagen Launches “We Share” With 2,000 Electric Cars In Berlin
Volkswagen announced its all-electric “We Share” car sharing
In the second quarter of next year, Volkswagen intends to start its “We Share” all-electric car sharing service in Berlin, which will be followed from 2020 in other major cities in Germany, Europe and North America.
The “We Share” will be the first service of a broader new ecosystem “Volkswagen We” aimed at non-owners.
Initially, Volkswagen will make available 1,500 e-Golfs, later adding 500 e-Up!s. After the new Volkswagen I.D. enters the market, it will gradually replace e-Golfs and e-Up!s from 2020.
The primary focus for We Share are cities with a population of over one million.
“Jürgen Stackmann added: “Because of the size and density of its population, Berlin is the ideal market and has the greatest potential. Many people who have already tested car sharing live there – and the numbers keep on growing.” Volkswagen is also aiming to draw attention to the benefits of e-mobility and stimulate interest in the technology with the high-visibility fleet of 2,000 “We Share” vehicles. According to Jürgen Stackmann, “we are democratizing e-mobility. From 2020, ’We Share’ is to support the market introduction of the new generation of our new, all-electric I.D. models and thus make a significant contribution to the Volkswagen brand’s e-mobility offensive.”
“We Share” takes to the road with what is known as free-floating car sharing, ensuring the spontaneous availability of electric vehicles for customers at all times. At a later stage “We Share” will be adding smaller vehicles as micromobility solutions to its fleet of electric cars.
Philipp Reth, CEO of the Volkswagen subsidiary UMI Urban Mobility International, the Group enterprise with a start-up culture that will be managing car sharing operations from its base in Berlin, commented: “The prospects for vehicle on demand services are very good. The most conservative forecasts for Europe predict annual growth of 15 percent. We will continue to develop this market and make this form of mobility accessible to an even broader user group.”
Following the launch in Berlin, “We Share” is initially scheduled to roll out in further major cities in Germany. In parallel, there are plans to expand into core European markets and selected cities in North America from 2020. The primary focus will be on cities with a population of over one million.”