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MOIA, the future mobility unit launched a year ago by Volkswagen, has unveiled a new electric vehicle designed for ridesharing. The new EV, along with its supporting sharing infrastructure, will be rolled out first in Hamburg by end-2018.

The co-created MOIA vehicle was designed and developed in just ten months by MOIA, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, and Volkswagen Osnabrück. It has a range of over 300 km and can be charged to 80% in half an hour. It boasts USB charging points at every seat, reading lamps and space for six passengers.

The chauffeur will follow an algorithm-driven itinerary, with the MOIA algorithm identifying passengers with similar destinations and calculating best possible routes.

“We’ve set ourselves the goal of taking more than a million cars off the roads in Europe and the US by 2025,” says MOIA CEO Ole Harms.

Harms adds that he doesn’t want MOIA to be just another lab or testing field for its corporate mother ship. “We want to become one of the top three companies in the market by 2025. The demand for mobility will double in the next 30 years – and in emerging markets it will increase fourfold.”

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