Paris Plans Green Car Sharing System

<p>Following on the success of its bike-sharing system, Paris is planning to unveil a citywide green car-sharing system.</p>
June 24, 2008, 2pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"The Socialist mayor, Bertrand Delanoë, announced yesterday that from the end of next year, 4,000 electric cars will be placed around Paris and its outskirts for drivers in the scheme to help themselves for short journeys. It is the first electric car project of its kind in a capital city."

"'This could revolutionise transport,' Delanoë told French radio. He has doubled the projected cars from 2,000 to 4,000 and expanded the target area beyond Paris's ring road."

"In less than a year, Paris's army of cheap, on-street hire-bicycles called Vélib' has transformed transport habits and bike awareness. The fleet of carbon-neutral hire-cars called Autolib is the mayor's next phase in green transport."

"Paris city hall said 700 Autolib pick-up points would be set up across the Paris area, 200 of which will be underground. A driver could pick up a car, for example, in the east of the city and drop it off in the west after a short journey."

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Published on Friday, June 20, 2008 in The Guardian
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