Wikipedia is great. I love the way I can revisit the same old article a year later and find it is now updated and even more amazing! I was checking out Velib when discussing bike sharing arrangements with a friend, and noticed a new chapter heading Autolib. Intrigued, I glanced down and read:
Autolib’: electric cars
On a similar basis to the Velib’ scheme, Paris plans to offer around 4,000 small electric cars for the general public’s use, to be stationed at 700 locations. Potential suppliers of the car include the Dassault Group and Bolloré. The former’s Cleanova model shares its body design with the Renault Kangoo van, while the Bolloré Blue Car is the result of a collaboration with Pininfarina. The scheme is planned to come into operation at the end of 2009.
There are also plans to integrate payment for the bike and car hire schemes with the ticketing systems for traditional modes of public transport.
Also seems to be coming to London!
If they can combine this car-hire system with the Better Place battery swap system, that would be a real winner!