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First bikes now electric cars for Paris

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Pictured James Ure Cityhop ops manager,  with the Mitsubishi electric i car, but where can you plug your car in?

Many readers will know about the citywide bike-sharing scheme that Paris is well known for. Now the city is looking at beating Boris to it and is planning another ambitious initiative, electric cars.

Paris already has a car sharing scheme with over 5000 mmebers but it is privately run ( like Cityhop) and uses traditional cars. Autolib from automobile liberte – is a large scale city-backed effort to provide only clean electric vehicles.

Says Businessweek, “Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë, building on the success of the city’s popular  rental bike scheme, is planning to deploy a fleet of 2,000 electric cars that customers can pick up and drop off at rental stands around the city. Another 2,000 vehicles will be offered in two dozen surrounding cities.

“The city hasn’t yet revealed how much Autolib is expected to cost, but French newspaper Le Parisien pegs the price tag at $14 million to build some 1,400 self-service rental and recharging stations around Paris and adjacent suburbs. The government will also reportedly contribute $4 million.

THE SNAG? The lack of mass produced electric cars. This is the same reason that Cityhop won’t be going electric in the short term. It is still too experimental. There are not enough connection points and the technology isn’t proven.  It is way to expensive and the kinks have not been taken out. If Meridian wants to waste money on doing trials let them – or should we as our power bills keep going up?