The world’s first on-demand zero-emission shuttles will be hitting the streets of Hamburg in late 2018 as part of a collaboration between MOIA, a mobility startup owned by the Volkswagen Group, and the city’s public transport company. Customers order a minibus on a smartphone app, which then uses a pooling algorithm to combine passenger requests and calculate the fastest, most efficient routes. The Volkswagen-built electric shuttles can comfortably fit six passengers, travel 300km, and reduce traffic and pollution. The fleet is expected to grow in Hamburg in 2019 and then spread to other cities.
Testing the e-shuttle in Hamburg © MOIA