In the wake of Vélib, one of the programs most successful bike rental in Europe, Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, has announced the start of Autolib, a public electric car rental will take its first steps next year.
The pioneering program available to those who subscribed, a fleet of electric cars and charging stations located throughout the city and some extra benefits, such as secured parking.
Autolib is the proposed name, following the success of a bike rental program that started 3 years ago. A total of 3,000 electric cars will be available on over 700 stations in the city. Autolib enter test phase in June 2011, Delanoë wants me to be fully operational from September of that year.
With Autolib, Parisians will pay a monthly subscription of 15€ and then pay an additional 5 € per half hour for use of electric vehicles. The trick, Spiegel notes, is that the system guarantees a parking space for customers, something increasingly difficult to find in large cities.
It is a very attractive and potentially more affordable to go with your own car or even pay parking in the city using taxis.
Electric vehicle with lithium batteries do not emit CO2, provided that electricity comes from renewables such as wind, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal or thermal. Wind turbines can supply electricity to electric vehicles, which in future will also serve to store and regulate the electricity intermittent wind energy sector.