VW Subsidiary Unveils 6-Seat Electric Shuttle Van With 186-Mile Range
Offers 186 miles (300 kilometers) of range and can be charged to an 80-percent level in half an hour.
In case you might not have heard of Moia, it’s a Berlin-based mobility startup and a 100% subsidiary of Volkswagen. And this month it has unveiled its ride-sharing concept, taking the shape of a fully electric van with enough room for six people. Introduced on the occasion of the TechCrunch 2017 in Berlin, the concept was developed over the course of only 10 months in collaboration with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
The VAG-owned company designed the concept and sees it as a potential solution to reduce congestion in big cities. In fact, the EV was presented at the event in Germany with the ambitious goal to take “One Million Cars off the Road” by attempting to convince more people to hop on the ride pooling bandwagon and leave their personal cars at home.
The good news is Moia’s concept is more than just pure theory as it will actually hit the streets of Hamburg towards the end of next year. Technical specifications are rather scarce at the moment, but we do know the yet unnamed zero-emissions van will have a maximum range of 186 miles (300 kilometers) based on the relatively new (and much more accurate) Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). Once depleted, the battery pack can be recharged to an 80-percent level in only half an hour.
Inside, the “only worldwide electric ride pooling six-seater” has individual seats and plenty of room to stretch your legs. There’s also ample space around the seats and a cargo compartment next to the driver for your luggage. The interior boasts USB ports, dimmable reading lights, and onboard Wi-Fi connectivity to make your commute easier. Getting in and out of the electric van should be quite easy thanks to the handlebar positioned next to the automatic sliding door.
Moia has also come up with an app allowing passengers to book and pay for the ride as well as find out how much the ride will cost before actually booking the trip. Passengers will be grouped based on a pooling algorithm created to lower the risks of a detour by selecting more passengers with similar routes.
According to Robert Henrich, Moia’s chief operating officer, the company is already working on future versions of the van and at the same time it’s testing its ride-sharing service with a fleet of 20 VW T6 Multivans.