Owned by the Volkswagen Group , called Moia, unveiled the six-seater, battery-powered minibus at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in Berlin. The purpose, VW says, is to have Moia’s new minibuses replace 1 million cars on the road by 2025.
According to the release, this vehicle was born after only 10 months of design alongside Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Unfortunately, its technical specificities have not been unveiled to date. Moia simply gives its autonomy, namely 300 km according to the most realistic WLTP cycle ( Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure ). Half an hour will be enough to recharge the batteries up to 80%.
Capable of accommodating six passengers, this concept has been developed for carsharing services. Thus, the layout of its cabin and its comfort have been the subject of special care (legroom neat, WiFi connection for passengers, seats equipped with reading lights, USB ports, space for luggage next to the driver, etc.). In other words, it would be an ideal partner in the city, both habitable and low pollution. Moia, which is also developing the application of its car-sharing service, is also taking part in the fight to drastically reduce the number of cars in western cities in the medium term.
The Moia minibus will be put into service next year, in Hamburg to begin. The CEO of the company also announced that other versions would follow, without saying much more.