02 Oct '11, 12pm

Paris launches world-first electric car-share scheme

Paris launches world-first electric car-share scheme

Self-service electric cars appeared on the streets of Paris on Sunday, as a French group launched a public car-hire scheme modelled on the capital's popular bicycle-sharing system and designed to become the world's largest of its kind. -- PHOTO: AFP PARIS (AFP) - Self-service electric cars appeared on the streets of Paris on Sunday, as a French group launched a public car-hire scheme modelled on the capital's popular bicycle-sharing system and designed to become the world's largest of its kind. The Autolib' venture set up by Vincent Bollore, a prominent businessman with ties to President Nicolas Sarkozy, kicked off a two-month testing phase with around 60 vehicles scattered over 10 stations. The programme is expected to be scaled up to 250 vehicles on Dec 5 and could include 2,000 of the small four-seaters over 46 municipalities around the French capital by the end of June...

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