Some carmakers are talking a lot about the potential of shared mobility services and alternatives to car ownership, but Volkswagen's MOIA is actually going a step further, with a brand new vehicle it's unveiling today that's focused entirely on this new market. The all-electric car, which made its debute at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin today, is designed to provide maximally usable space for up to six passengers, and will make its official debut in service on roads beginning in Hamburg in 2018, where the company expects to put about 200 cars on the road at first.
The concept is centered around ride sharing, with a design tailor-made for users who will seek to pool their vehicle use. It's only taken MOIA one year from its official debut last year at TechCrunch Disrupt London to bring this concept to fruition, with a vehicle introduced today that's not only built to scale but that can also actually drive and is aiming to enter into service as early as next year.
This six-seater vehicle goes above and beyond the typical current electric vehicle, with individual seats in place of bench, and with USB ports and dimmable interior lighting for individual passenger comfort and convenience. There's built-in onboard Wi-fi, and luggage storage provided not in the rear as you might expect, but up front next to the driver to provide more leg and passenger room in the rear compartment.