An eco-friendly car rental service spearheaded by Bertrand Delanoe, the mayor of Paris, will launch next week with hopes to “clear the traffic-clogged arteries of the French capital.”
The electrically powered Autolib cars will be available for hire in a two-month trial starting October 2 at 4 to 8 euros per half hour to motorists prepared to pay a membership fee starting at 10 euros for a day of driving.
The 235 million euro ($321 million) project is the brainchild of Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, who hopes to duplicate the success of Velib, the bicycle-sharing scheme he launched in 2007 and which has been copied by several cities in France and abroad.
It’s also a potential showcase for Bollore’s eponymous industrial conglomerate, which is making the BlueCar vehicles involved in the scheme and which are based on a lithium-metal-polymer battery, a different technology from the lithium-ion batteries other car makers are using. MSNBC, 30 Sep 2011.
The service will debut with 66 cars at 33 stations with an end of 2012 expansion plan of 3,000 vehicles and 1,000 stations.