Paris launches Autolib’ electric carsharing plan Los Angeles Times

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Paris launches electric plan

The Autolib’ concept is after a bike-sharing plan Velib’. The system is aimed at private car ownership, as well as noise and air pollution.

By 2013, officials plan to have 3,000 and 5,000 environmentally Bluecars stationed at more 1,000 locations across the with the aim of cutting noise and air as well as reducing traffic by private car ownership.

During an sunny early autumn on the Avenue Trudaine in Paris’ 9th arrondissement . curious onlookers Sunday around a line of brought out for a two-month trial in for the official launch in early

On a nearby cafe terrace diners watched the electric which, contrary to their are not blue but unpainted aluminum, zip up and the avenue. There were no about fumes or noise there were none.

The has been described as a bubble but looks like the electric car’s bigger brother. would guess by looking at it it was designed by the Italian firm makes Ferraris.

Annick who is in charge of transportation issues at City Hall, said was the future of urban motoring. She the vision of the Socialist mayor, Delanoe, who was behind both the and auto-sharing plans.

Owning a car, she said, is

Private cars are expensive and are using them less and in cities, she said. We’re into another culture, the of car-sharing. It’s the same as Velib’; you use the car, leave it and it.


These cars are and economical, she added. It’s a revolution and I can see it being copied in cities.

Not everyone was so happy. One Paris stopped for a quick rant. lived here for 30 years and asked us if we wanted this, he Is that what you call

He criticized Vincent Bollore, company has reportedly invested up to billion in developing the Bluecar and the new polymer batteries to power it. The industrialist is, incidentally, a friend of Nicolas Sarkozy.

This is all friends with friends, he stomping off. A round of from people at the windows of the apartment building showed he was not the critic.

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Morald Chibout, the head of Autolib’ operation, said the has already been approached by cities.

For those interested in there are few: The Bluecar has a automatic gearbox with forward, reverse and neutral four seats, and the tiniest of Charge it for eight hours and off it go for a maximum 155 miles. It does kilometers per hour ( 0-62.1 in 6.7 seconds, and has a top speed of just 81 mph.

It boasts a GPS to stop from getting lost allow Autolib’ to keep of you). In case of a fender-bender, a big blue button to raise the at a control center.

Before taking a car, must register with and provide a driver’s license, ID and credit card. They be able to sign up for daily, or annual memberships ranging about $13 to $192, with paying more depending on the of time the car is used, to encourage trips.

It’s clean, green, it’s silent. also cheap, compact, and surprisingly zippy. Aside the grousing about rich-and-powerful what’s not to like?

Well, just got more dangerous for the Paris pedestrian.

If you get flattened by a Bluecar, you won’t hear it coming.

Willsher is a correspondent.

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