Volkswagen has announced that it is entering the car sharing sector and is launching WeShare in Berlin.
The automotive company describes WeShare as a free-floating system without rental stations that is operated digitally via an app.
Volkswagen is bringing onto the roads a 100% electric fleet and all the vehicles will be operated on green power.
They are to be followed by 500 additional e-up! vehicles at the beginning of next year and the first units of Volkswagen’s new full-electric ID.3 when it is introduced in mid-2020.
Initially, the service area of WeShare will cover about 150 km2 in the city center and beyond the city train ring line. Later, the area will be extended in line with the expansion of the fleet. Upon the launch of the system, customers can benefit from an attractive tariff of 19 cents (15 pence) per minute.
WeShare will recharge its fleet on the public charging network in Berlin, including newly created charging points at 70 branches of food retailers Lidl and Kaufland.
Volkswagen recently concluded a partnership agreement with these Schwarz Group companies to safeguard the operation of its electric fleet and to forge ahead with the expansion of charging infrastructure in public spaces within the framework of its e-mobility offensive.
Following the launch of the system, the WeShare vehicles will be collected and charged by WeShare service employees when the battery level is low. In later operation, users will receive incentives for recharging vehicles themselves.
An expansion of WeShare, initially to Prague, together with ŠKODA, and then to Hamburg, is planned for 2020.