Volkswagen Develops an All Electric Ride Sharing Van
Ride sharing is a popular way to get around in big cities, and more and more car manufacturers are working on vehicles designed specifically for car pooling. Volkswagen just recently released a large van-like vehicle that’s designed specifically for ride sharing. The van-like structure isn’t the exciting aspect of this vehicle, its all-electric design is what is the most interesting.
A Small Release
Volkswagen plans on releasing a minimum number of these vehicles to get started with. About 200 different vehicles will be released initially. This is just to test out the design of the vehicle and to gauge interest before launching a larger supply of the vehicles.
The rideshare vehicle is designed for maximum space and comfort. It comes equipped with a series of bucket seats instead of bench seats for added comfort. Each of the different seating locations come with USB ports and individual dimmable lights, giving everyone just the level of comfort available. There’s also built-in Wi-Fi as well as luggage storage in the back.
This electric van has a range of 186 miles and can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes. That’s more than enough driving range to get back and forth to work on a daily basis, and it makes it into the perfect commuter vehicle, even for longer distance commuting.
Designed with Care
MOIA was a part of the design process with this van and feedback from its rideshare service was used to make the design decisions about the van. The vehicle is designed to go along with the MOIA ridesharing service. It even comes with a special app that makes it easy for different passengers to book trips where they need to go and to get around without going out of their way doing it.
Even though these vehicles are made for the ride-sharing service it doesn’t mean that Volkswagen won’t take some features and apply them to future electric vehicles. It’s likely that the automaker will rely on information gathered during the launch of this special electric van to produce better consumer-level electric vehicles in the future. The excellent charging technology and capacity could al make future vehicles more enjoyable and useful to drive around.
Look for the release of these electric vans, and subsequent electric vehicles from Volkswagen. The automaker is working hard on its EV technology and should be offering a range of vehicles in the future as well.