Autolib’ electric car sharing service launches in Paris, France

December 5th, 2011 by Sustainable Guernsey

56 electric 'Bluecars' lineup near L'Arc d'Triomphe in Paris, France (click image to expand - image courtesy of Autolib')

Vincent Bolloré, Chairman of Bolloré Group, said “we have better things to do than worry about the future. We have to invent it, create it, and prepare it for future generations.”

This is why the Bolloré Group inaugurated the Autlolib’ electric car sharing service in Paris, France on 5 December 2011.

“We all want a city that’s less polluted, with less noise, and less smells,” Vincint Bolloré said.

Autolib’ electric car sharing service will be available in the city of Paris and its 45 surrounding communities.

The four person electric car called a ‘Bluecar‘, which was conceived by the Bolloré Group, designed by Pininfarina, and produced on an industrial scale by Cecomp, has a lithium metal polymer battery, which can be recharged to drive the car up to 200,000 kilometres before the battery has to be replaced.

The Bolloré Group state that the Bluecar’s battery stores five times more energy than a traditional lithium battery, can be recharged in just a few hours, and requires no maintenance.

The battery is “made exclusively of non-polluting materials, it poses no risk for the environment. At the end of its life it is removed and all the components are recycled or reused.”

The Autolib’ Bluecar will be available to Paris residents and tourists with a valid driving license who take out a paid subscription. Users can choose the rental package that best suits their needs.

An available Bluecar can be collected for use from any rental station and returned to any other of the growing number of rental stations around the city of Paris and its suburbs.

Each car has on-board GPS and can be tracked by the operations centre. The electric car should stay within the confines of Paris and its suburbs.

If the Bluecar strays outside the administrative area the driver is contacted and asked to return.

A €2 surcharge is applied for every half-an-hour the Bluecar is outside the Autolib’ administrative area.

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Autolib’ which already has 250 Bluecars and 250 Autolib’ rental stations, plan to add 300 electric ‘Bluecars’ per month to the Parisian service from now until June 2012.

The service expects to grow to 3000 Bluecars and 6600 recharging stations in Paris and its suburbs.

To learn about the registration process please download the PDF file.

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2 Responses to “Autolib’ electric car sharing service launches in Paris, France”

  1. Autolib, France « Vkwok’s Blog

  2. France February 2012: Mercedes B Class and Kia Rio impress | TheFastGears.com

    The 100% electric Bolloré Bluecar breaks into the Top 100 for the first time in February to #98 with 290 sales. These sales are dedicated to the new Autolib’ car sharing service in Paris launched last December. There are already 1,000 Blucars in circulation in Paris, aiming at 3,000 by the end of the year. Bolloré is now starting to deliver to private buyers so the car could progress further up in the next couple of months. 

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