9.2.12

"No noise, no pollution"




« No noise, no pollution” is the slogan of the new service that is offered to Parisians: “Autolib’”, an electric car sharing scheme, which started by the end of last year. More or less following the example of “Vélib’”, which was launched in 2007 and which today offers some 20.000 bikes (see previous posts), this car sharing system started in December 2011 with some 250 cars and 250 “stations” - each one offering four or five recharge places - and should reach some 1.700 cars at more than 1.000 stations in 2012 with an aim of 3.000 cars in 2013...

If you go to the “Autolib’site, you can see where cars are available and where you can find free places for the return.


These electric cars (Blue Car) are designed by Pininfarina. They are equipped by GPS. If you subscribe for 144 €/year = 187 US$, one hour’s drive would be charged by 9 € = 12 US$. You can also use it more occasionally, paying slightly more. The cars are said to allow 250 km (= 155 miles) of driving before needed recharge and if you leave the city centre should be able to reach a max. speed of 130 km/hour (=80 miles).

I guess it’s too early to judge how successful the system will be. I have not yet tried. For the “no pollution”, of course we must not forget that electricity has to be produced somewhere, somehow.

”Autolib’” stations also offer charging services for private owners of electric cars and motorbikes.



22 comments:

Angeline Quick. said...

Thanks for this. Exciting stuff!
(I have posted it to Twitter.)

Starman said...

I cannot believe you can 'rent' one of those electric cars for only €144 per year! That is simply amazing. If you have no objection, I am going to use this post in my next post.

Studio at the Farm said...

What a fascinating concept. I hope it catches on - seems like a good idea. for city driving.

French Girl in Seattle said...

That is really cool Peter. I had not heard any details about these cars yet.Very promising. I hope these cute little cars will resist the harsh Parisian life better than the Velib. I heard there are a lot of broken, vandalized, Velibs all over Paris. Sad. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Olivier said...

"no noise no pollution" parcontre les sont pas belles et mangent toute la place pour les pauvres banlieusards qui viennent a Paris en voiture

SusuPetal said...

In cities there isn't much use for a car, if public transportation is well organised.

By the way, Peter, an exhibition by the Finnish Akseli Gallen-Kallela has been opened at Musée d'Orsay!

Thérèse said...

Promising of course... Let's wait and see...

ALAIN said...

Idéal pour aller acheter son caviar chez Hédiard, mais un peu juste pour ramener un canapé lit depuis Ikéa.

Cezar and Léia said...

J'aime cette idée!
"En tant qu'éco-citoyenne, je suis pour la voiture verte!"
Bravo!
Léia

Vagabonde said...

C’est vraiment une bonne idée. J’espère qu’elle sera exporté vers les Etats-Unis – pas de bruit dans le futur de New York?

Ruby said...

This does look like an interesting idea. Cheers.

Synne said...

Wow, that is so cool! Here in Oslo we have the same kind of bicycle service, which is very popular, and transferring the concept to cars is such a good idea!

hpy said...

Si j'ai bien lu il y en a déjà pas mal de vandalisées et/ou disparues. Sans oublier les pauvres piétons qui ne les entendent pas arriver. Toute une mentalité à changer.

delphinium said...

Pour parfaire ton reportage, il faut que tu essaies et que tu nous présentes ensuite les avantages et les inconvénients. Ce serai pas mal non?
:-)
Allez, je t'embrasse, c'est la journée ménage.

Muchu said...

Le fiston de Cergie dit tout à fait ce que Hpy a dit si bien.
Et son mari dit qu'il ne trouve plus à se garer rue des Batignolles depuis que ces véhicules utilisent des places.
Et moi je dis que je n'ai pas commenté en Suisse, juste on a parlé de moi en Suisse. Et franchement ça m'énerve qu'"on" étale ainsi les petites affaires que je n'ai plus...

claude said...

Pov' Muchu !
Moi, quand j'allais à Paris en voiture, je me garais porte d'Orléans et faisait tout le reste en métro, Maintenant je prends le train. Je ne pollue même plus la campagne. Surtout en ce moment >à cause de la neige.
Chacune et chacun est lib' de penser ce qu'il veut.

Virginia said...

Oh my next visit let's get one. You'll have to drive of course. I wouldn't in my wildest dreams think of driving in Paris traffic. But you knew that already I'm sure.
V

lasiate said...

l'époque des mensonges perpétuels pour les gogos que nous sommes: l'énergie pour ses voitures ne viendrait elle pas du gaz du pétrole ou de l'atome. Déplacer la pollution ne rime pas avec disparition?

arabesque said...

oh! i remember seeing this sign Peter.
now i think i understand it better.
wish i could give it a ride though,
will my driver license work>? ^0^

Trotter said...

Hi Peter! Sorry for the absence, but things have been tough lately...

My next car will be electric... ;)

Paris Rendez-vous said...

Hi Peter...really like your blog - you're giving us some great tips. Soon there's going to be 2 Aussi retirees moving to Paris...moi and Pierre (my husband). Can't wait to join you. Merci beaucoup. A bientot.

Jilly said...

This is good to see. An electric car makes total sense for a city. Did you know that nearly all the public transportation in Monaco is electric? A friend has an electric car and it is SO quiet.