Paris Eyes Electric Car Sharing Plan

The program dubbed Autolib' will launch in late 2009 or early 2010 with a fleet of 4,000 electric cars -- 2,000 within Paris and 2,000 in the city's suburbs.

Published: 30-Jul-2008

Paris' ambitious mayor has a new "green dream" after the spectacular success of his bike-sharing scheme launched a year ago: a version for electric cars.

Under Bertrand Delanoe's environmentally friendly plan, a driver could pick up a car, say, on the Left Bank, snake up the slopes of Montmartre, then drop it off -- and only pay for the minutes spent behind the wheel.

But cars, even electric, are already proving more divisive than bikes.

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