Electric car subscription system for Paris

Back in July 2007 the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanöe, launched the Vélib self-service bicycle hire system that is now available in the city 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The TimesOnline is now reporting that Mr Delanöe is about to launch another novel scheme for fighting congestion and pollution: self-service electric cars in the romantic city.

The new scheme is called Automobiles-en-Libre-Service and aims to start with 2,000 electric-powered vehicles that subscribers can use without the need to make a booking. Parisians who subscribe to the system will simply be able to pick up a car at dozens of sites and drop it off at any site 24 hours a day.

The cars, which will cost a few euros per hour to use, depending on the distance traveled, will enable Parisians to carry passengers and loads on short trips without the need to own a vehicles. Mr Delanöe’s team calculates that one car will replace between five and ten private vehicles. When you consider that 43 percent of Paris households have vehicles and 95 percent of them are parked at any moment Automobiles-en-Libre-Service sounds like a winner.

Source: TimesOnline


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