Paris Initiates Electric Vehicle Carshare Program

The city is looking at two possible new-generation electric vehicles: the Blue Car project and Cleanova II.

Published: 02-Jan-2008

The Mayor of Paris is about to launch another novel scheme for fighting congestion and pollution: self-service cars.

Bertrand Delanöe aims to start with 2,000 electric-powered vehicles that subscribers can drive off without booking at dozens of sites 24 hours a day and then leave anywhere in the city.

The so-called Automobiles-en-Libre-Service would greatly expand on similar small-scale services that exist in Europe and America. It is intended to complement the Vélib, the highly successful bicycle scheme that Mr Delanöe opened last July with 5,000 rental stations around the city.


The Volt can be fully charged by plugging it into a 110-volt outlet for approximately six hours a day.

The Chevrolet Volt E-Flex concept electric car represents a marked shift at General Motors as the company tries to wrestle a reputation for high technology back from its archrival Toyota.

The automaker tries again, announcing an electric-drive system that can be paired with gasoline generators or fuel cells.


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