Following the launch of an electric car-sharing scheme in Paris we asked London’s Mayor Boris Johnson (2011) for his views and to find out if a similar scheme would be rolled out in London – he says that although he is committed to electric cars, currently London has no plans to follow Paris with its ground-breaking plan.
The project in Paris permits users to hire the electric car for use in the City and the organisers intend that the scheme will be a major boost for electric vehicles. The cars are manufactured by Italian designer Pininfarina, the company which also designs Ferraris and Maseratis. Needless to say, the little ecar has nothing like the sort of power of a Ferrari with a range of 250km
It is planned that the scheme is rolled out further. The outcome say Paris Council officials, will not only be less pollution but also fewer traffic jams and less stress, giving everyone more time for themselves.
The cost of hiring an ecar is charged by 30 minute segments and is very reasonable. The cars can be collected and dropped off at different stations and recharged at points throughout the city.
If you want to register to hire one of the cars in Paris, a website is available in English, at www.autolib.eu