The Volkswagen MOIA concept has been unveiled, a year after the MOIA ride-sharing division was established by the Volkswagen Group.
The MOIA concept has a driving range of over 300km, and can be topped up to 80 per cent within 30 minutes, provided you have the requisite fast-charging hardware.
The van has electric sliding side doors and seating for up to six passengers. Each passenger is treated to USB ports, dimmable reading lights, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Instead of a passenger seat, the MOIA van features a gated off area to hold extra pieces of luggage.
Developed in just 10 months by MOIA, Volkswagen, and its commercial vehicle arm, the MOIA concept van will morph into a production model, which will unveiled in Hamburg towards the end of 2018.
MOIA is currently testing out its hardware and software in a fleet of 20 T6 Volkswagen Transporters.
Founded a year ago, MOIA has been tasked with “reducing the number of cars in major cities by one million in Europe and the USA by 2025”.
As with Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing apps, MOIA will have a smartphone app allowing customers get a ride from one location to another.
Like UberPool and Lyft Line services, the MOIA app will group together passengers with similar destinations to lower costs and increase vehicle utilisation.
Speaking at the 2017 TechCrunch conference in Berlin, Ole Harms, MOIA CEO, said: “In a short time, we’ve laid the groundwork to add a new mobility component to the urban mix. In 2018, we’ll be ready to launch our ride pooling concept internationally.”