Hamburg expands VW EV sharing services, buys e-buses

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany has announced several measures to further electrify transport around the city. In spring 2020, Volkswagen will bring over 1,000 EVs to Hamburg through its ride-sharing service, WeShare. The rollout will include the e-Golf and e-up! models – the new ID.3 will be added in the future.

MOIA, another ride-sharing service operated by Volkswagen, plans to increase its Hamburg fleet from 200 to 500 vehicles.

Jürgen Rittersberger, General Secretary and Senior VP of Group Strategy at Volkswagen, said, “Over the last three years we have trialed and implemented numerous projects in the city. For example, we have tested autonomous driving and parking, put MOIA on the road, and forged ahead with electrification.”

Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, Transport, and Innovation, said, “Volkswagen’s engagement in the field of urban mobility helps us lower traffic emissions, introduce new alternative mobility services, and gather experience in shaping tomorrow’s mobility. All of this supports our ambition to be a model city for future urban mobility.”

Meanwhile, MAN Truck & Bus, of which the Volkswagen Group is a majority shareholder, will deliver 20 electric buses to the Hamburg Public Transport Association by the end of 2020. MAN will also partner with logistics company Hamburger Hafen und Logistik and hauler Jakob Weets to test autonomous trucks at the Altenwerder Container Terminal.

Source: Volkswagen