VW to launch EV sharing service in Berlin
Volkswagen has revealed some of the details for their planned car-sharing service focusing on electrified vehicles in Berlin, which they plan to launch in 2019. The service, which will be named We Share, is set to launch in Q2 of 2019 in the German capital with 1,500 e-Golf, before adding another 500 e-up! at a later date.
As of 2020, the fleet will be slowly be replaced by vehicles from the I.D. vehicle family. This is also the first VW service from the Volkswagen We system that is explicitly directed at persons who do not own a vehicle.
The sharing service will launch as a free floating concept, similarly to DriveNow or Car2Go, using a phone application to manage payment and reservations. VW did not specify how the charging system will work though. They did mention adding smaller vehicles to the fleet to serve micro-mobility markets.
We Share will launch in Berlin but be expanded to other German cities before long. As of 2020, the service will also expand beyond Germany to other major European cities, as well as select cities in North America. Generally the service aims to serve cities with a population of more than 1 million.