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Joy ride: IEA test-drives the Parisian car-sharing system

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Autolib system any driver register in minutes to the French capital emissions-free, guaranteed parking

20 November

As electric vehicles reduce oil and vehicle carbon emissions on a basis, a team from the Energy Agency recently out the innovative Parisian car-sharing that allows tourists and to criss-cross Paris for a modest fee and an more attractive cost in emissions: zero.

Paris Autolib» in December 2011. The now offers 1 740 cars at any of 700 charging each with space for at three vehicles, with to expand soon to 3 000 cars and 1 050

‌IEA Deputy Executive Richard H. Jones led a delegation of IEA as they visited the offices of the electric-car-sharing programme for the Paris area.

“Autolib’ has transformed Paris the world’s biggest experiment for electrification,” Ambassador. Jones after his test-drive. “It other cities how easily vehicles can avoid both pollution and the hassle of parking in a populated city, all in the context of a shift from ownership to

The IEA outing took place a after the Agency took in an Electric Vehicles Initiative meeting in Stuttgart where auto and battery companies and policy makers discussed experiences and the strategies for the next of electric vehicles’ market In May 2012, the EVI released the EV City , which details deployment in 16 cities around the world. officials wanted to learn the IEA about best practices in cities and how those programmes various challenges.

Autolib’ is modelled on the successful bicycle-sharing programme called that Paris introduced in and which inspired similar in cities from Barcelona to City to Guangzhou, China. New City’s bike-sharing programme is to start in March 2013.

In than a year, more 42 000 people have signed up for whose auto fleet has sextupled in size. Not all of the subscribers are about 10 percent of users are And no wonder.

Anyone with an driver’s license and a photo ID can online or use a video connection at one of the 60 stations in the city to register and get the wheel within six minutes.

drivers have used an car for 646 000 trips around the Paris with guaranteed parking at the end of the Those same trips a comparable fossil-fuelled car would emitted more than 730 tonnes of CO 2 . or more than the of driving a top-of-the-line Porsche sport-utility vehicle from to Beijing and back more 160 times.

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The average Autolib’ trip 42 minutes, with the longest running about three Subscriptions range from to just 24 hours, with fees of EUR 4 to 7 per half-hour.

The busiest for the vehicles is the end of workdays. As almost six in ten do not own a car, most drivers a car up to 24 hours in advance for a one-way inside the city center one charging station to another, confirmation of payment via mobile afterwards. Seven in ten of Autolib’ are male, and most of them are 25 to 50 old.

Designed by the Italian vehicle house Pininfarina, the four-seater cars are distinctive because are unpainted, which reduces weight and their cost. car runs on a lithium metal battery that weighs 300 and can power the car for 250 kilometres of city and 150 kilometres on highways at up to 130 kilometres per A trip all the way across Paris only about 15 percent of the and the 220-volt, 16-ampere batteries just 10 hours for full on average.

At any given moment, of the cars have at least a 70 charge.

The French company Bolloré has a contract with the City of to provide the cars, the charging and all maintenance and operations for Autolib’, is being copied on a smaller in several other French Over the 12 years, the company pay an annual fee of EUR 750 per parking space to offset the EUR 4 million initial investment in the project. Paris the payments to cover the EUR 50 000 subsidy it for each charging station.

has said it needs 80 000 subscribers to break-even, which it now expects to sometime in 2014, years of its original expectations. utolib offers Bolloré feedback on its and other electric vehicles, a 22-seater bus intended to be used at French tourist destinations the car-restricted isthmus of Mont

“Our test lab is real said Didier Marginèdes, a researcher at Bolloré who developed the for Autolib’ cars. “We indeed more than 2 000 and cars running every day in any which makes it a unique for testing batteries, cars and service in real life.”

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