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Volkswagen starts car sharing service and will offer own operating system to partners

Volkswagen has announced We Share, an all-electric car sharing service in selected major cities.

The first fleet of 1,500 vehicles is being rolled out in Germany's capital city Berlin, and will comprise of VW e-Golf models initially, to be joined by 500 e-Up cars in 2019.

A roll out to other major European cities is expected from 2020, when the service will also add the first models from the new electric Volkswagen ID family.

Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen board member, said: “We want to motivate young, urban users to engage with e-mobility."

We Share is the first service in the new ecosystem 'Volkswagen We' aimed at owners and non-owners alike, which forms part of the brand's 3.5 billion euro investment in its digitalisation process to 2025, .

Other optional services for Volkswagen users will include allowing firms to drop parcels or dry cleaning off in the car, and a mobile EV rapid charging service.

Volkswagen plans to simplify its vehicles' IT architecture, develop an operating system 'VW.OS', and seek partnerships or acquisitions to ensure 

From 2020 Volkswagen will begin connecting its entire vehicle range to the internet with its 'We Connect' system, and current owners can already get a retrofit We Connect Go data plug in. 

Volkswagen expects this to bring it and its dealers closer to its customers, to help it tailor services and strengthen the relationship - a loyalty programme, which lets customers earn points to buy rewards, is also planned.

By 2025 Volkswagen expects one billion sales from its mobility services, and further ahead it expects to generate sales revenue running into billions of euros from digital offerings and services.

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