Electric car-share renaissance emerges in Paris

Paris was the birthplace of electric car-share, and the concepts introduced by Autolib are proving much more durable than the company itself. By Megan Lampinen

Parisians were among the first drivers to test electric car-sharing with the launch of Autolib in late 2011. This pioneering scheme operated a fleet of battery-electric Bolloré Bluecars for short-term use, a revolutionary approach at a time when mobility alternatives were limited to bus, metro and taxi. Eventually Autolib’s finances floundered and when it lost a pivotal government contract last year, it was forced to halt operations. However, the idea it introduced lives on….

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