It would work in informal writing. It isn't exactly the same as 'also' though. 'Also' introduces a new piece of information, but 'what's more' is something that has a higher level of importance to you.
'Cars are useful. They are fast, but what's more is that they let you take many things with you, even friends!'
'Cars are useful. They are fast. Also, they let you take many things with you, even friends!'
In the first example, we understand that you place being able to take more things with you as being more important. In the second example the two pieces of information are treated as the same level of importance.