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Paris launches electric car sharing program

A Paris Autolib electric car is driven near the Eiffel tower during a presentation ride in Paris on Dec. 2.

Photo: Reuters

Paris has launched an electric car-sharing program to cut air and noise pollution in the city.

Autolib, a project building on the success of the city’s bike-rental scheme, made its debut last Monday and officials want the self-service e-cars to be as much a part of Parisian life as the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame Cathedral.

While many world cities have been developing greener alternatives to carbon-emitting vehicles, Paris says its program is the biggest of its kind: 250 vehicles hit the road last Monday, 2,000 are expected by next summer and 3,000 are planned within the next two years.

The four-seat compact Bluecar — so called even though it is really gray — is a collaboration between Italian car designer Pininfarina and French conglomerate Groupe Bollore, which hopes to showcase the Lithium Metal Polymer battery that powers the car.

Prospective users will need a valid ID, driver’s license and credit card before signing up online or via a videoconference with a customer service representative. Standard subscriptions cost 10 euros (NT$400) a day, 15 euros a week, and 144 euros a year. Beyond that, the hourly fees run from 4 euros to 9 euros based on the rental plan.









1. debut n.

首度登場 (shou3 du4 deng1 chang3)

例: Two different models of cars made their debut.


2. as much ... as ... adv. phr.

一樣多地 (yi2 yang4 duo1 de5)

例: It is as much your responsibility as ours.


3. hit the road v. phr.

上路 (shang4 lu4)

例: We’d better hit the road.


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