VW to Run Uber Pilot in Berlin

Volkswagen is the latest European automaker to take on a vehicle provision project with Uber in a bid to get more of its BEVs on city streets.

Following the Renault-Nissan deal providing electric cars to the ride-hail outfit, Volkswagen will join its “Uber Green” program offering e-Golf vehicles for use in the German capital Berlin. The objective of the pilot project is to use up to 100 pre-owned e-Golf vehicles that are more than a year old.

Some would say, from the automaker’s perspective, the use of secondhand BEVs will help prop up the residual value of the technology just as the Alliance’s moves to find projects for second life batteries appears currently to be achieving.

Holger B. Santel, head of sales and marketing Germany for Volkswagen Passenger Cars, 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, we will gain valuable experience which we will be able to use for future vehicles.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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