Paris is a city with its fair share of traffic problems. It's also the largest city where a public bicycle rental service is being used, very successfully (
) and we already knew about the city's plans to install a
similar service featuring electric cars
. An EV rental plan even helped the Mayor
, and more information about this plan has now been unveiled. First of all, the fleet is going to be exclusively electric, with 4,000 units. That's a very large order for a single model of a vehicle - but which model has not yet been announced. The system, called Auto'lib, which means "Auto à libre disposition" (Help-yourself car) will not only be installed in the city itself, but it will cover the suburbs (
), expanding the range that the bike rental service operates in.
The scheduled roll-out date is late 2009 and to handle the 4,000 EVs the system will have 700 stations (with 200 of them underground) and a powerful computer system coordinating the rentals. Prices aren't yet known (
hint at about €250 per month, including full
), but it seems likely that Parisians will be able to enjoy the service with their regular "Navigo" mass transit cards.