Good news! Future Volkswagen customers will see the brand begin to roll out various vehicle-on-demand services, in particular VW car-sharing in 2019.
Bad news? For the time-being, this will only be available in Germany.
However, from 2020 we will begin to see these services extend to Europe, North America and Asia (we certainly hope Scotland is included in there somewhere!).
The vehicle-on-demand fleets will consist entirely of Volkswagen electric cars, therefore providing the desired zero-emission factor that Volkswagen customers are especially in favour of. At the moment, the VW electric car choice ranges from the VW E up! to the VW E Golf.
Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, announced further information at a recent event in Berlin. He said “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”
As well as car-sharing, Volkswagen will also place focus on micro-mobility solutions, recently presenting progressive e-mobile solutions for urban centers with the I.D. Cityskater and the I.D. Streetmate study.
The vehicle-on-demand services available on the Volkswagen WE platform will be managed by UMI Urban Mobility International GmbH, Berlin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG led by CEO Philip Reth. UMI began operating this year with a team of approx. 30. As Philip Reth commented: “Our customers expect an environmentally-friendly fleet that takes them to their destination quickly and at a fair price – and that is exactly the experience we will be delivering.”