VW and Hamburg continue to expand mobility partnership

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VW and Hamburg continue to expand mobility partnership-continue

We remember that in September 2016 the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg entered into a strategic mobility partnership with the VW Group. This is now to be extended and expanded. The cooperation also focuses on promoting electromobility, innovative mobility services, intelligent transport networks and the use of autonomous vehicles. Together they want to promote the sustainable improvement of the quality of life in the inner-city area.

WeShare, electric e-buses and e-trucks play an important role

In a second step, WeShare should also find its way to Hamburg. From spring 2020, a fully electric fleet of e-Golf, e-up! and later ID.3 are used. By then, hopefully, a solution for charging station blockers should also have been found. If this is not the case, the introduction of the service will be difficult. Even if WeShare sees itself as a real accelerator of e-mobility.

By the end of 2021, 20 electric buses are to be delivered to the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV). In addition, MAN will be testing fully autonomous trucks at the Container Terminal Altenwerder in cooperation with Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and the freight forwarder Jakob Weets. In addition, MOIA will improve its offering and increase its fleet from 200 to 500 vehicles. Hamburg has now expanded its infrastructure for electromobility to over 1.000 publicly accessible charging points, making it the nationwide leader.

Jurgen Rittersberger, Head of the General Secretariat and Group Strategy of the Volkswagen Group, said: “Hamburg is and will remain an ideal partner for the Volkswagen Group. In the past three years we have tested and implemented numerous projects here. For example, we were able to test autonomous driving and parking, put MOIA on the road and promoted electrification.”

Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation, is also pleased about the cooperation with the VW Group and makes it clear: “Volkswagen’s commitment to urban mobility helps us to reduce emissions in traffic and to introduce new alternative mobility offers and to gain experience in shaping the mobility of tomorrow. This supports us in our ambition to become a model city for future urban mobility.“ With the introduction of WeShare, more people will be picked up on their individual everyday mobility and gently introduced to electrified cars.

Practical experience flows into product development

Already in the first phase of the strategic mobility partnership, the projects were successful. The results of the cooperation between MAN and the public transport operators Hamburg Hochbahn and Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) are directly incorporated into the development of the new fully electric city bus MAN Lion’s City E. Now the first Man Lion’s City E will complement the bus fleet of urban enterprises in everyday use.

Furthermore, it is scheduled that a so-called Second Life memory is connected to the Depot Depot Depot Loading Network at the Depot Loading Network, so as to test using used batteries after their first use in the vehicle and in case of stationary use behavior.

The Volkswagen brand has relaunched the “Hamburg eDrive” initiative, in which around 200 electric cars were sold to private customers, companies and authorities at special conditions, with the “Clean Air” campaign. Up to 400 vehicles, mainly e-Golf and e-up!, are available from Volkswagen dealerships in Hamburg.

In addition to individual, concrete projects, Hamburg and VW are committed as future drivers for the use of intelligent transport systems (ITS). An important milestone in this context is Hamburg‘s successful application to host the ITS World Congress in 2021. Volkswagen AG actively supported the application, is a main partner of the ITS World Congress and has chaired the Host Committee.

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