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Bubble car jolt for Paris electric car-share scheme | Reuters

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ReutersParis launches its first car-sharing project next week with the aim of clearing its traffic-clogged boulevards and delivering what its backers hope will be a major boost for electric vehicles.

The Autolib system builds on the success of the Velib bicycle-sharing service and could provide a shop window for entrepreneur Vincent Bollore and his nascent car battery business.

In a two-month pilot scheme starting October 2, a rounded, ultracompact Bluecar built by Bollore’s conglomerate BOLL.PA and powered by his alternative lithium-metal-polymer battery can be hired for 30 minutes for 4-8 euros by motorists who pay a 10-euro Autolib membership fee.

“We want to persuade people to shift from the concept of owning a car to that of using a car,” Autolib General Manager Morald Chibout told Reuters.

The project, which echoes increasingly popular car clubs such as City Car, gets underway as top automakers test driver enthusiasm for electric cars on a large scale in Europe.

via Bubble car jolt for Paris electric car-share scheme | Reuters.

Strange Random Traffic Quote:

“If they’d lower the taxes and get rid of the smog and clean up the traffic mess, I really believe I’d settle here until the next earthquake” – Groucho Marx (American Comedian, Actor and Singer, 1890-1977)

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  1. October 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm

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