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PHOTO CAPTION: 3,000 B0(zero) Bluecars will be available for short-term hire in Paris and surrounding communities.

Paris Autolib Car Share Program Accelerates

An annual subscription costs 12 euros ($15.87) per month, while using the car costs 5 euros for the first half hour

Published: 27-Dec-2010

Parisians who flocked to use the popular Velib bike hire scheme will also be able to zip down the Champs-Elysees in environmentally friendly electric cars when a self-service car hire scheme gets underway next autumn.

French conglomerate Bollore, whose interests range from media to logistics, led by charismatic industrialist and businessman Vincent Bollore, has won a contract to provide its small four-seater electric cars for the scheme.

The bubble-shaped Bluecars, designed by Italian partner Pininfarina, are powered by lithium polymer metal batteries produced by Bollore, and have a range of 250 km (155 miles) in the city between charges, which will take about four hours.

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