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Volkswagen, Uber launch pilot project with EVs in Berlin

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Volkswagen and Uber have launched a pilot project for the utilisation of electric vehicles within the sustainable ride-hailing service “Uber Green”.

With the e-Golf, they now have a locally zero-emission alternative from the Volkswagen model portfolio available in Berlin. The objective of the pilot project is to use a number of year-old e-Golf vehicles which may run into three digits. Volkswagen has already been using the e-Golf successfully for its own car-sharing service, We Share, since 2018.

Holger B. Santel, Head of Sales and Marketing, Germany, for the Volkswagen Passenger Car brand, said: “Through our cooperation with Uber, we are helping improve air quality in urban areas with our locally carbon-neutral electric vehicles. In addition, with the demanding continuous operation of battery-electric vehicles in a ride-hailing service.”

Christoph Weigler, General Manager, Uber DACH, added: “Electric vehicles from Volkswagen are a perfect match for our sustainable ‘Uber Green’ concept. This cooperation offers our hire car partners an economically attractive possibility of switching to zero-emission drive systems at short notice.

The Volkswagen brand plans to offer electric cars in all major vehicle segments by 2022. Volkswagen aims to become the world market leader in e-mobility in the coming years and is investing 33 billion euros group-wide by 2024, 11 billion of which will be invested by the Volkswagen brand alone. The Volkswagen brand expects to produce 1.5 million e-cars in 2025.

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