The Volkswagen MOIA van debuted at TechCrunch Berlin yesterday after just 12 months of development. MOIA is the Volkswagen Group’s mobility start up aimed at revolutionising the inner city transport.
The initial concept was first seen at last year’s TechCrunch London event. In that time the start-up has been busy developing their concept. The only piece missing from the puzzle, until now, was the vehicle itself.
The Volkswagen MOIA: Travel in comfort
The purpose built vans will have six seats and comes with all the modern comforts expected in the 21st century. Passengers will have dimmable reading lights, all important USB ports and high speed WiFi. The seats are all single with plenty of leg room and space to move around. Luggage storage is located next to the driver.
The Volkswagen MOIA van will have a range upwards of 300km with an impressive 30 minute charge time from 0 to 80%. MOIA will be able to take advantage of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle’s extensive experience of van building. They will be built at Volkswagen’s Osnabrück plant.
How does it work?
Much like existing services such as Uber, passengers can book and pay for their spot in a MOIA via a smartphone app. The app will give them information on available vehicles and prices. From there an advanced algorithm groups together passengers headed to similar destinations. This should increase capacity and decrease detours leading to less congestion and cheaper journeys for passengers.
So far MOIA has been testing their concepts using a modified fleet of twenty T6 vans in Hannover. The first city to benefit from the final concept will be Hamburg with the company targeting 2018 for the launch. Ole Harms, CEO of MOIA, is clearly optimistic about what the project can achieve setting a goal of “reducing the number of cars in major cities by one million in Europe and the USA by 2025”.