Electric Car Sharing Service Announced in Paris : TreeHugger
Paris Mayor Bertrand DelanoÃ« announced yesterday that that program will be in place by the end of 2009 and will consist of some 4,000 cars which program users can pick up from and return to any one of 700 locations throughout the city. Users can either pay a monthly fee or pay as you go by using their monthly transport cards. The particular model of electric car has yet to be determined.
I think the architect Moshe Safdie wrote about this more than a decade ago: the problem of traveling the last few miles after arriving in certain cities that lack good public transportation. For example, after this Summer I will be able to travel from Santa Fe to Albuquerque by train, but Albuquerque has a fairly poor public transport system and if I could pick up an electric car to drive the last few miles – well, probably more than a few because ABQ is so sprawled out – it would make the trip very easy. In a city like Paris it doesn’t make much sense to me, because their Metro is so well designed. But for most western states in the USA an electric car rental/sharing service would be fantastic… think of Dallas, Houston or Phoenix to name a few.