Berlin-based mobility brand Moia will launch its EV in Hamburg next year

Volkswagen Group start-up Moia has produced the world's first purpose-built ride-sharing vehicle, which will be introduced to the streets of Hamburg next year.

The all-electric six-seater aims to kick-start a ride-sharing culture that Volkswagen claims can remove one million cars from European and US city roads by 2025.

“We started with the vision of partnering with cities to improve the efficiency on their streets,” said Moia CEO Ole Harms. “We want to create a solution for the typical transport problems that cities face, such as traffic, air and noise pollution and lack of space, while simultaneously helping them reach their sustainability goals.”

The new vehicle, designed exclusively for ride-sharing, comprises standalone seats and an interior focused on space. Seats feature dimmable reading lights and USB ports, while wifi is available.

The car has a range of 186 miles and can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes.

Berlin-based Moia, a 100% subsidiary of the VW Group, said its model was developed in 10 months – a record for a brand within the group.

Moia's model arrives at a time when demand for urban transport solutions is growing fast. Fisker has also produced its take, the Orbit, which will hit roads in China from October 2018. That car, which is a pod, will be fully autonomous and is ready to make it to Britain “as soon as somebody orders it”, the brand’s boss, Henrik Fisker, told Autocar.

Swedish start-up Uniti is to reveal an electric city car this week that the compant claims will “reinvent the modern city car”. The autonomous-capable model will feature advanced head-up display technology and be controlled electronically rather than with switches and levers.

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5 December 2017

Belfast had ride sharing in the 80s-90s (some areas may still do), as public transport couldn't be relied upon in deteriorating security situations, "London" style black taxis used to run preset routes (usually the main bus routes) and would stop and pick you up, where you would potentially share the taxi with 5 strangers plus the driver, though usually for only £1 for a 5 mile journey.

5 December 2017

Electric power train aside, that’s just a minibus. Let’s not get over excited. 

11 December 2017
Bob Cat Brian wrote:

Electric power train aside, that’s just a minibus. Let’s not get over excited. 

Come on, don't spoil the party! This is another of the many Volkswagen group good news stories that seem to be swamping the motoring press at the moment. We need all these so that we can justify loving VW all over again.......

6 December 2017

what's this then?

https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/London_Electric_Omnibus_Co

i think these guys got here first. Quite a long time ago too :)

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