Uber, get ready for more competition. Volkswagen’s mobility startup Moia just introduced a fully electric vehicle optimized for ridesharing. Unveiled at TechCrunch in Berlin, the concept also includes an app so customers can book and pay for rides easily. The startup plans to roll out the six-seater on the streets of Hamburg, Germany next year, with an overall goal of removing one million cars from roads.


Moia, Volkswagen, Germany, rideshare, ridesharing, electric vehicle, electric minibus

Moia could offer travelers an easy, eco-friendly new way to get around cities. The startup, which began just a year ago at TechCrunch in London, aims to get cars off the streets to ensure cleaner air and reduced traffic. Six people can ride inside the vehicle, which features standalone seats with USB ports and dimmable reading lights so everyone’s comfortable. Passengers can check their emails or surf the Internet with WiFi. There’s also a storage area next to the driver for luggage or bags. Moia’s range is 300 kilometers, or over 186 miles, and can be charged to 80 percent in around 30 minutes. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Volkswagen Osnabrück designed and built it in a record 10 months.

Related: Volkswagen confirms when the Microbus is coming back as an EV

Moia, Volkswagen, Germany, rideshare, ridesharing, passenger, passengers

With the app, users can see available cars and ride costs before booking. The startup said they’ll employ a pooling algorithm to put riders with similar destinations in the same car to avoid detours and have as many people riding in one car as possible.

Moia, Volkswagen, Germany, rideshare, ridesharing, electric vehicle, electric minibus

Since October of this year, Moia has been testing their service in Hannover. They’ll debut the concept in Hamburg, with more locations to follow. CEO Ole Harms said in a statement, “In 2018, we’ll be ready to launch our ride pooling concept internationally and take the first steps toward our goal of reducing the number of cars in major cities by one million in Europe and the USA by 2025.”

+ Moia

Via Moia

Images via Moia

Moia, Volkswagen, Germany, rideshare, ridesharing, electric vehicle, electric minibus

Moia, Volkswagen, Germany, rideshare, ridesharing, seat, seats, six seats, interior

Moia, Volkswagen, Germany, rideshare, ridesharing, interior, luggage, bags

Moia, Volkswagen, Germany, rideshare, ridesharing, app, apps

Moia, Volkswagen, Germany, rideshare, ridesharing, electric vehicle, electric minibus