Paris leads way with electric car share program
|January 3, 2011||Posted by Jack Adams under Car Hire|
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Tourists are expected to be amongst those set to benefit from the announcement that will make Paris the first major world city to operate a car-sharing program.
Around 3,000 electric cars will be made available across the city by the end of this year, in a bid to tackle growing levels of air pollution.
The program will be modeled on the highly successful Velib bike sharing system that was launched three years ago.
French billionaire and entrepreneur, Vincent Bollore has been chosen out of three bids, lodged in a yearlong process, by Parisian city officials to run the new program, dubbed Autolib.
“Bluecars” – four-seated electric cars, developed by Bollore will be positioned at around 1,200 stations in the Paris area for access around the clock. The only requirements for the cars are a subscription fee and a valid driver’s license.
Tourists will also be able to use the cars, providing they hold a drivers license recognized by French authorities.
An annual of subscription of €12 per month has been earmarked but daily and weekly option are expected to be available.
The program is expected to have its official launch in October, later this year.