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Paris Launching Electric Car Sharing Program Next Year

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On August 5, 2010 @ 4:00 pm In automotive,Green Transportation | 1 Comment

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Citywide bike [3] sharing systems are easy enough to organize, but how about citywide electric vehicle [4] sharing programs? Paris is hoping to capitalize on the success of its bike-sharing system (Velib [5]) with an EV [6] sharing scheme dubbed Autolib — and it might be ready as soon as September of next year!

sustainable design, green transportation, paris, autolib, velib, ev, phev, car sharing, france, green design [7]Photo by faberNovel2009 [2]

Here’s how it will work: cars [8] will be stored both in parking garages and on the street as part of a public-private partnership between Autolib and the city of Paris [9]. No word yet on how much the program will cost, but Autolib claims that it will be significantly lower than the approximately $7,000 per year that it costs to own a car in the city.

Theft will, of course, be an issue — just as it is with bike [10]-sharing programs. Even though vehicles are more difficult to steal than bikes, the French have something of a reputation for burning cars [11] in anger. The car-sharing scheme will only work, then, if Parisians [12] decide to respect it. And we won’t know if that will happen until the program begins.

+ Autolib [13]

Via NPR [14]

Photos by faberNovel2009 [2]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/pariscar-2.jpg

[2] faberNovel2009: http://www.flickr.com/photos/45274544@N04/

[3] bike: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBgQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Finhabitat.com%2F2010%2F05%2F19%2Fbike-powered-mobile-coffee-bar-hits-the-streets-of-new-york%2F&ei=oxFbTMX2OOOmsQay_MV2&usg=AFQjCNFExTs_2huQZOyFh1qZPzLm71ZZpw

[4] electric vehicle: http://inhabitat.com/tag/electric-vehicle/

[5] Velib: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/22/bike-sharing-to-save-cities/

[6] EV: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/29/optimal-energy-unveils-the-joule-electric-car/&sa=X&ei=8xFbTO6TNYrcsAbx2dh1&ved=0CB0QzgQoATAA&usg=AFQjCNF1W3URXb4KIjxAEUNyphvc7OrSrQ

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/pariscar-3.jpg

[8] cars: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/08/coffee-powered-car-gets-56-espressos-per-mile/&sa=X&ei=8xFbTO6TNYrcsAbx2dh1&ved=0CBwQzgQoADAA&usg=AFQjCNEge6PdaUya52agNfPHtMWcxieuZw

[9] Paris: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/20/mvrdv-unveils-pushed-slab-green-office-building-for-paris/&sa=X&ei=JhJbTKmdF8XgsAbGnqWoAQ&ved=0CBwQzgQoATAA&usg=AFQjCNHmhmmFJ7UIUcYLeW4T2S924KQ0Hw

[10] bike: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/09/this-bendable-bike-can-tie-itself-to-any-post/&sa=X&ei=oxFbTMX2OOOmsQay_MV2&ved=0CBsQzgQoADAA&usg=AFQjCNGD10QDbRDDNv1h22YRzG9X2mnv8w

[11] cars: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBgQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inhabitat.com%2F2010%2F02%2F08%2Fcar-bodies-store-energy%2F&ei=8xFbTO6TNYrcsAbx2dh1&usg=AFQjCNFgj_R2_2km4I6DnlCRXffe0EfuHQ

[12] Parisians: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBgQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Finhabitat.com%2F2010%2F06%2F29%2Fparis-to-install-hydroturbines-on-the-river-seine%2F&ei=5hFbTJmLD6KhsQbCydxi&usg=AFQjCNEY1iD582dLELPiHpxcqFIIramgag

[13] + Autolib: http://www.autolib.fr/autolib/

[14] NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128880529&sc=emaf

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