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Bollore Bluecar: Sharing Paris’s Most Popular Electric Car

The most popular electric car in Paris is not what you think.

It’s not the Nissan Leaf, or the Mitsubishi i-MiEV (or its Citroen C-Zero or Peugeot i-On siblings).

It’s a silver three-door hatchback with four seats and a basic interior that Parisians drive for only a few minutes to a few hours, from one curbside Autolib’ car-sharing kiosk to another.

It’s called the Bollore Bluecar, and as of last week, there are 1,750 of them parked at 670 kiosks along Parisian streets and in some suburbs as well.

The ultimate goal to make 3,000 Bluecars available at 1,050 kiosks for Parisians to use on short-term, zero-emission trips.

The Autolib’ car-sharing system, patterned after Paris’s wildly successful Velolib bicycle-sharing program, went live with 250 cars last December.

More than 37,000 people have already joined the system, and Autolib’ enrolls another 1,200 every week.

The Bluecars have been rented more than 500,000 times in 10 months, covering more than 3 million miles (5 million km) in total.

Today, they are rented 4,000 to 5,000 times a week, with highest usage on the weekends. You can’t spend 15 minutes in central Paris without seeing one pass by on the street.


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