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PHOTO CAPTION: Cityscoot electric motorscooter debuts in Paris

Shared Electric Mobility Spreading

Two more mobility sharing programs launch, both electric: one based on shared electric cars in China, the other using electric scooters in France.

Published: 05-Jun-2015

Paris has been a global leader in shared mobility, starting with its Velib, bicycle share system, then its Bluecar-based Autolib. Now Cityscoot, in cooperation with parking lot manager Vinci, will be introducing electric scooter sharing, starting with a pilot program of 35 machines.

Pricing is variable. Members can pick up the electric scooters and park them anywhere for a rate of €3 ($3.30USD) for per 15 minutes intervals. If the rider returns it to a Cityscoot charging station, the price drops to €2. Any scooter with 30% or less state of charge, the ride is free. Range per charge is said to be 60-100km. Auto Evolution reports the fleet is, " estimated to reach 150 units by the end of the year and 1,000 by the end of 2016. Rumors of 2,000 CityScoots prowling the streets of Paris in 2017 also emerged."

Meanwhile in China, the Taiwanese company known in North America as Foxconn and in China as Hon Hai Precision Industries, is expanding its electric car rental enterprise, which it started in 2014 in Beijing, to another 10 mainland cities. Want China Times notes that the Beijing unit now has 200 charging stations in the city and offers more than 1,000 BAIC E150 electric vehicles for rent. The world's largest electronics manufacturer has also talked about building their own electric car.

The company has already launched operations in Hangzhou and Changzhou. Future candidate cities are megacitiesShanghai and Shenzhen, as well as Wuzhou. Guiyang in southwest Guizhou province is scheduled to commence operations with 100 electric vehicles starting this July.

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