VW unveils fully electric six-seater specifically for ridesharing

December 4, 2017 by  
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Uber , get ready for more competition. Volkswagen’s mobility startup Moia just introduced a fully electric vehicle optimized for ridesharing . Unveiled at TechCrunch in Berlin, the concept also includes an app so customers can book and pay for rides easily. The startup plans to roll out the six-seaterout on the streets of Hamburg, Germany next year, with an overall goal of removing one million cars from roads. Moia could offer travelers an easy, eco-friendly new way to get around cities. The startup, which began just a year ago at TechCrunch in London, aims to get cars off the streets to ensure cleaner air and reduced traffic . Six people can ride inside the vehicle, which features standalone seats with USB ports and dimmable reading lights so everyone’s comfortable. Passengers can check their emails or surf the Internet with WiFi. There’s also a storage area next to the driver for luggage or bags. Moia’s range is 300 kilometers, or over 186 miles, and can be charged to 80 percent in around 30 minutes. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Volkswagen Osnabrück designed and built it in a record 10 months. Related: Volkswagen confirms when the Microbus is coming back as an EV With the app, users can see available cars and ride costs before booking. The startup said they’ll employ a pooling algorithm to put riders with similar destinations in the same car to avoid detours and have as many people riding in one car as possible. Since October of this year, Moia has been testing their service in Hannover. They’ll debut the concept in Hamburg, with more locations to follow. CEO Ole Harms said in a statement, “In 2018, we’ll be ready to launch our ride pooling concept internationally and take the first steps toward our goal of reducing the number of cars in major cities by one million in Europe and the USA by 2025.” + Moia Via Moia Images via Moia

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Volkswagen confirms when the Microbus is coming back as an EV

August 21, 2017 by  
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For years Volkswagen has teased us with the idea of bringing back the much loved, iconic Volkswagen Microbus . The automaker unveiled the I.D. Buzz concept car earlier this year, which applies the styling of a Microbus, but with a fully electric powertrain. After several rumors and reports, Volkswagen has confirmed that the Microbus will officially return in 2022. Volkswagen made the announcement at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, in Monterey, California. “After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, ‘please build this car’,” Volkswagen CEO Dr Herbert Diess said. The Board of Management chose Pebble Beach as the location to make its announcement because, as Diess explained: “The Microbus has long been part of the California lifestyle. Now we’re bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle.” Related: Volkswagen may offer more electric cars than any other brand Although we have to wait five years to get the new Microbus , Volkswagen has confirmed that it will feature a fully electric powertrain. Since the batteries will be mounted in the floor and the compact size of its electric drive components, the new Microbus will have a spacious interior, despite its compact exterior. “The vehicle looks like a compact commercial van on the outside, even though it offers the generous interior space of a large SUV.” Volkswagen has also announced that the production version of the I.D. Buzz concept will be offered in a cargo version. The cargo version will be ideal for delivering packages and services in the inner city. The new Microbus will also be offered with Level 3 autonomous driving capability. When the production version of the I.D. Buzz concept does arrive, it will be the second new long-range electric car from Volkswagen. The first will be a production version of the I.D. hatchback concept , which is expected to arrive in 2021. A production version of the I.D. Crozz SUV is also in the works. Images @Volkswagen + Volkswagen

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Village-inspired office in Jakarta is topped with living trees and a green roof

August 21, 2017 by  
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The new Aedas- designed Unilever HQ in Jakarta references Indonesia ‘s villages to create a welcoming environment filled with natural sunlight and plenty of green space. The building features green roofing, a main square and winding streets to mimic the organization of a traditional village, along with floor-to-ceiling louvered windows that fill the interior with light. The new building sits in the BSD Green Office Park, Indonesia’s first green office campus masterplanned by Aedas. It houses the company’s four separate offices in Jakarta under one roof and combines its modern vision with the country’s historic architectural influences. Related: Aedas unveils mountainous mixed-use building that looks like a stack of books The large complex incorporates three main elements–community, diversity and nature–into the design and focused on facilitating collaboration while maintaining privacy. Group and individual workspaces are organized into zones to encourage collaboration. The ground floor houses public and common areas organized around a central atrium. A variety of elements– Indonesian batik fabrics, recycled teak timber , and furniture– reference the traditional Indonesian culture. Grey aluminium blade louvers cover the curtain wall system and provides shade while reducing heat gain . Natural light reaches all interior spaces thanks to the absence of enclosures. + Aedas Via World Architecture News

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