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Volkswagen to offer electric car sharing services

The Volkswagen brand will offer car sharing services in future. The WE customer platform is to begin rolling out various vehicle-on-demand services, in particular car sharing, in Germany in 2019. These services are to be extended to major cities in Europe, North America and Asia as early as 2020.


The I.D. study as a “shared” Volkswagen.

We are convinced that the car sharing market still has potential. That is why we are entering this market with a holistic single-source concept covering all mobility needs from the short journey that takes just a few minutes to the long vacation trip. Our vehicle-on-demand fleets will consist entirely of electric cars, and will therefore provide zero-emission, sustainable mobility. That is an intelligent way to relieve the strain on urban areas.

—Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales

Apart from car sharing, vehicle-on-demand services can also include micro-mobility solutions. Volkswagen recently presented e-mobile solutions for urban centers with the I.D. Cityskater and the I.D. Streetmate study.

Going forward, vehicle-on-demand services from the WE/We customer platform, which could also be used to provide services such as a parking app or location based vouchering, are also designed to complement the mobility solutions offered by MOIA. MOIA’s products focus on ride hailing and pooling services.

The vehicle-on-demand services available on the Volkswagen WE platform will be managed by Urban Mobility International GmbH, Berlin (UMI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG led by CEO Philip Reth. UMI began operating this year with a team of approximately 30.



When car makers do ride sharing the people doing it now should watch out.

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Car Sharing and Blockchain.

Every car maker will soon be involved with Car Sharing. Blockchain will keep a permanent record of all transactions and maintenance. Any use or misuse will be documented and subsequently charged back to the user.
This will be similar to Performance Based Logistics (PBL) used in Defense contracts. The System Integrator, i.e. Car Dealer, or Service Provider, will guarantee a level of performance for the duration of the contract which could be as short as 24 hours.

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