The Volkswagen subsidiary MOIA launches public operations in Hamburg following the successful completion of a three-month test phase. Within a year, this "to the largest all-electric ride-sharing service in Europe" to be expanded. Registrations for the service are now possible.
"It's the first million-dollar city to put our innovative offer for green, shared mobility on the road," says MOIA CEO Ole Harms. "Here we develop and perfect our system, which we want to bring from Hamburg into the world."
In the Hanseatic city, initially a fleet of 100 based on VW technology electric minibuses is used. They serve an area of around 200 square kilometers including Hamburg Airport. Over the next twelve months, the service area will gradually increase to 300 square kilometers and the fleet to 500 vehicles. In the medium term one wants to cover the entire city area.
For the fleet operation, MOIA initially uses a depot near the airport. It has facilities for the cleaning and maintenance of 180 vehicles and social space for drivers and technicians. The depot has over 100 charging points to recharge the batteries of the MOIA vehicles during shift changes and at night. A second depot is currently under construction and more are in preparation.
MOIA understands itself as part of the inner-city mobility offer and addition to the public transport. The company cooperates with the Hanseatic city of Hamburg and the public transport operator Hamburger Hochbahn. The offer should be fully integrated by the end of 2019 into the Switchh app of the elevated train. Switchh bundles the services of different mobility providers in Hamburg and offers users access via a single application.