Auto Shows driving service with emission-free vehicles: Uber brings VW into the

21:10  28 september  2020
21:10  28 september  2020 Source:   t3n.de

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US travel agent Uber relies on emission-free vehicles in the German capital. At Uber Green, the Californians are now working with VW.

Hundreds of VW electric vehicles are already on the streets of Berlin for a ride-hailing service. For the service We Share from VW subsidiary Umi , the E-Golf is used to a large extent. Now Uber is also using Volkswagen and its popular e-car for its environmentally friendly Uber Green service. An up to three-digit number of E-Golf annual cars is to be launched as part of a pilot project for the service.

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For VW, the cooperation with Uber offers the opportunity to gain "important findings from the demanding continuous operation of a battery-electric vehicle in a ride-hailing service", as VW sales and marketing director Holger B. Santel explained . These findings should ultimately flow into the development of future electric vehicles.

Uber had previously announced that it would make all trips offered by its service with emission-free vehicles, public transport or micromobility offers by 2040. By 2025, half of the kilometers driven in Berlin and six other major European cities should be covered with emission-free vehicles, as the Handelsblatt writes. Favorable opportunity for switching to e-cars

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For the rental car partners, according to Uber Germany boss Christoph Weigler, the partnership with VW is also an "economically attractive opportunity to switch to emission-free drive types at short notice". Nothing was known about the financial details of the deal.

The cooperation with Uber fits in with the strategy of VW boss Herbert Diess. He wants to expand the classic car manufacturing business to include mobility. The car company is currently planning to invest in the car rental company Sixt - according to manager magazine with around 15 percent of the shares. The entry into Sixt is to take place via a capital increase. The founding family does not want to give up any shares,

as it is called .

It is not known whether VW and Sixt want to tackle a joint project, such as a ridepooling service, after purchasing the shares. Sixt recently withdrew from the

Service Drivenow , which was operated jointly with BMW. According to manager magazine, VW would have liked to start such a project earlier, but Sixt no longer felt like car sharing after Drivenow. In the meantime, however, Sixt itself offers car sharing.

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