Electric Car Sharing Program planned for Paris
Paris electric car sharing program aims to put an electric car on every Paris street corner
An ambitious new electric car sharing program is Paris's latest plan to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion in the City of Love. Short-term car sharing is nothing new, but Paris promises a greener twist: their car sharing program's fleet of 3000 cars will all be electric cars.
The program, dubbed Autolib, is the brainchild of Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe, who envisions that subscribers will be able to pick up an electric car from any of the 1000 rental stands and drop it off at any other. If successful, Autolib will be by far the largest electric car sharing program in the world.
The Autolib electric car sharing program is modeled after Velib, Paris's bicycle sharing system, and some Parisians are worried electric car sharing will run into the same problem: vandalism. Since 2007, a whopping 98% of Velib's bikes have been vandalized or stolen. Stealing an electric car may not be as easy as swiping a bike, but theft of the expensive lithium-ion batteries that power these electric cars is a concern.
Mayor Delanoe hopes to avoid the potential pitfalls of this electric car sharing program and aims to put an electric car on every Paris street corner by late next year.