31 Aug '13, 9am

Car Sharing Could Be the Electric Vehicle’s Killer App - IEEE Spectrum via @IEEESpectrum

Photos: Top: Pierre Crom/Reporters/Redux; Bottom: Peter Fairley Charged and Ready: Autolib has charging stations for its shared EVs all around Paris. The company keeps track of vehicle locations and charge status from a control center in the suburbs [right]. Parisians have learned to love electric cars by sharing them. Since the late 2011 launch of the French capital’s Autolib car-sharing program, Parisians have taken its fleet of 1800 electric vehicles (EVs) on more than 2 million trips using 4000 dedicated charging points. That makes Paris one of the world’s EV meccas, with more battery-powered cars on the road and more charging points than nearly any other city. Now Paris’s EV car-sharing vision is spreading. Autolib’s operator, Bolloré , expects to launch a program in Lyon, France, next month and is preparing further installations in Bordeaux, France; Indianapolis; and...

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