IEA – International Energy Agency : Joy ride: IEA test-drives the Parisian electric car-sharing system (4-Traders, Nov. 20, 2012)
Also discussed here: EV City Casebook (75 page pdf, IEA)
And here: Brief. Joy ride: IEA test-drives the Paris Autollib’ (WorldStreets, Nov. 21, 2012)
And here: Autolib
The spectacular success of Paris’ bike sharing program, Velib, has been expanded to include electric car sharing, Autolib, which after one year has reached 42,000 subscribers. No wonder, since one can register and get behind the wheel of an Autolib car in less than 10 minutes with a much lower cost than from a normal car rental or even owning one’s own car. The electric car industry world-wide has accelerated in tandem with the Paris success with growth rates of 20% per year and a forecast of 20 million EVs on the road by 2020. Both trends are very good news for those concerned about health impacts and the large part that vehicle emissions play in affecting urban air pollution.
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