This week, Volkswagen Group announced its plans to launch a car-sharing service in 2019. According to the manufacturer, the entire fleet will be electric vehicles, and the service will start in Germany. Beginning in 2020, the service will expand to major cities in Europe, North America and Asia.
The car-sharing service that is to be launched is called WE, and the vehicle-on-demand services on WE platform will be managed by UMI Urban Mobility International, which is a subsidiary of Volkswagen started in 2018, according to the company. Volkswagen Group said that the platform will help connect customers to the car-share service.
“We are convinced that the car sharing market still has potential,” Jürgen Stackmann, the board member for sales of Volkswagen Group, said in a statement. “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 target is to sell more than 1 million electric cars in 2025,” Jürgen continued, “But our current plans show that we might actually be able to sell far more than the 1 million.”
In 2015, the company was influenced by its diesel emission scandal. And in 2016, VW Group set up mobility services division Moia. The division focuses on ride hailing and car pooling.