Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Bicycles

Volkswagen’s New WE Division Will Offer Electric Carsharing Vehicles

Volkswagen has created a new mobility division known as WE that uses only electric cars. it will begin operations in Germany next year before expanding to the rest of Europe, North America, and Asia.

Just imagine what Volkswagen might have accomplished if it had not decided to pursue its diesel cheating agenda. That horribly wrong headed policy has cost the company billions of dollars and seen some of its top officials arrested or imprisoned. But now, Volkswagen seems to have learned its lesson in the School of Hard Knocks and is pushing its way to the front of the electric car revolution — or so it hopes.

volkswagen id electric

“Mobility” is the key word in the world of transportation these days and Volkswagen intends to get there firstest with the mostest when it comes to mobility products. Its WE carsharing service — which will use only electric vehicles — is scheduled to launch next year in Germany before expanding to major cities in Europe, North America, and Asia, according to TechCrunch.

“We are convinced that the carsharing market still has potential,” says Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen’s board member for sales. “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.”

WE will focus on mobility. Not only will it provide electric cars for carsharing, but it intends to also offer customers a choice of last-mile electric scooters known as the Streetmate and Cityskater. The WE platform will interface with the company’s MOIA electric shuttle service, which has room for up to 6 passengers. The vehicle-on-demand services available on the Volkswagen WE platform will be managed by Urban Mobility International, a subsidiary of Volkswagen that began operating in 2018.

Volkswagen mobility

Streetmate, left. Cityskater, right

It is no coincidence that Volkswagen expects to begin manufacturing its first all-electric car, the ID hatchback, next year. That car is expected to retail for about the same price as a conventional Golf diesel. The ID brand will expand to include a compact electric crossover, a minibus, and a four-door sedan by 2020. There are hints it may also add an electric version of the iconic Beetle sometime in the near future.

“Our target is to sell more than 1 million electric cars in 2025,” VW’s sales chief Juergen Stackmann said at a press conference in Berlin recently. “But our current plans show that we might actually be able to sell far more than the 1 million.” The company’s new CEO, Herbert Diess, has said he wants the company to become a global provider of mobility beyond the manufacturing and selling of vehicles.

The car business is changing and some traditional companies are going to get caught out by the changes. Will Volkswagen be nimble enough to shrug off the financial burdens caused by its diesel cheating debacle and remain relevant in the brave new world of mobility ahead? “We’ll see,” said the Zen master.

 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality and cleantech news coverage? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 

Don't want to miss a cleantech story? Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!
 

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Advertisement
 
Written By

Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his home in Florida or anywhere else the Singularity may lead him. You can follow him on Twitter but not on any social media platforms run by evil overlords like Facebook.

Comments

You May Also Like

Cars

There are signs of recovery in Italy’s car market, and plugin vehicle registrations went up at the end of the first half of the...

Cars

The UK auto market saw plugin electric vehicles take 16.7% share in July, down from 17.1% year on year. BEV share grew, but not...

Batteries

Volkswagen broke ground this week on the first of 6 European battery factories as it continues to push the EV revolution forward.

Clean Transport

Ben Silver has dreams of being a global change agent with the duo. This dream is epitomized by the world map on his boardroom...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.