On November 1st, the German car-sharing company Miles Mobility officially acquired Volkswagen Group’s all-electric car-sharing service WeShare. Until recently, WeShare operated as a service of Urban Mobility International GmbH, a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG.
At the same time, Miles has ordered more than 10 000 electric vehicles from Audi, Seat, Cupra, and VW. The ordered cars are to be delivered from 2023 onward.
In its home country Germany, Miles is currently active in Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, and Potsdam. Recently it expanded its presence to Belgium. After its debut in Ghent, it is also available in Brussels, and Antwerp is the next city on the strategic roadmap.
Miles’ fleet consists of mainly VW brands and not exclusively electric cars, although the plan is “to develop along the lines of the electrification of the Volkswagen Group”. WeShare, on the other hand, currently operates around 2 000 Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4 models at its Berlin and Hamburg locations, with a total of more than 200 000 users.
More diverse fleet
According to Miles, WeShare will continue as usual for the time being. In the coming weeks, the WeShare vehicles and customers will be integrated into the Miles system, but the service will continue to run under the name Miles in the Miles app.
Both Miles customers and the original WeShare users will gain access to a significantly larger and more diverse fleet and new features such as city-to-city rides and trips abroad. More than 11 000 vehicles will be available via the Miles app.
The acquisition represents yet another German carmaker parting with its carsharing business. BMW and Mercedes-Benz already sold their joint car-sharing business Share Now to the Stellantis mobility subsidiary Free2Move in the summer.
“We are happy to expand our long-standing collaboration with the Volkswagen Group through the mobility partnership. With the acquisition of WeShare, we are taking a further, significant step toward a reliable, convenient, and sustainable form of mobility as an alternative to the private car,” the Miles Mobility press release concluded.