The new Volkswagen WeShare car sharing service is now available in Berlin with a fleet of 1500 e-Golf hatchbacks.
Vehicles will be "free floating", and do not need to be returned to rental stations, designated car spots or their original locations. Cars will be available within a 150 square kilometre area around Berlin's city centre.
At launch, cars will be available from €0.19 ($0.31) per minute, or €11.40 ($18.70) per hour. From September this will rise to average of €0.29 ($0.48) per minute, or €17.4 ($28.50) per hour.
In Berlin, WeShare is available to drivers over the age of 21 who have had their licence for over a year. They also need a German address, a credit card for billing, and a smartphone for accessing the service's app.
WeShare employees will take cars to public charging stations when their battery levels are low. In the future Volkswagen plans to offer incentives to users for recharging vehicles.
In numbers cited by Volkswagen, only 180,000 people were registered for car sharing services in Germany in 2010. This has grown to 2.46 million by the beginning of 2019.
Next year Volkswagen will expand the WeShare service to Hamburg, and Prague in the Czech Republic, the latter in association with Skoda.