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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  sharing systems are easy enough to organize, but how about citywide electric vehicle  sharing programs? Paris is hoping to capitalize on the success of its bike-sharing system (Velib ) with an EV  sharing scheme dubbed Autolib — and it might be ready as soon as September of next year!
Photo by faberNovel2009 
Here’s how it will work: cars  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 . 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 -sharing programs. Even though vehicles are more difficult to steal than bikes, the French have something of a reputation for burning cars  in anger. The car-sharing scheme will only work, then, if Parisians  decide to respect it. And we won’t know if that will happen until the program begins.
+ Autolib 
Via NPR 
Photos by faberNovel2009 
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