Volkswagen is banking on the future of ride-hailing/ride-sharing mobility, not just with their Moia mobility division but with a brand new electric van that's going to spearhead its ride-hailing service that will come in 2018. The six-seater just debuted in Berlin at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. The goal is ambitious, as VW would like to see the
VW has even provided production figures for the as yet unnamed van. They'll build 200 vehicles for the city of Hamburg, Germany by the end of 2018 and then ramp up the Hamburg fleet to a rather significant 1,000 units. It's at that point that VW will look to expand the service internationally. These are big numbers but not unlikely for such a global automaker. Volkswagen is spending a lot to capture a big chunk of the ever-growing market where fewer people will want to own cars.
Moia developed and built the big EV van in a mere 10 months, having collaborated with VW's light vehicle division. The van has a range of over 186 miles on a single charge. It can quickly charge up to 80 percent in a mere 30 minutes, allowing for a quick turnaround back in to service. The 6-passenger van should have room six adults and their luggage. There's even built-in high-speed Wi-Fi, USB charging ports for all passengers, and even reading lights. No autonomous capability has been mentioned, and aside from the EV capability, the van appears to be a conventional human-driven vehicle.
Currently, no details have been released about the other major cities that will get the Moia service starting in 2019, and no information has been provided about the release in the U.S. Stand by for more information as VW starts to roll out the program next year.