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Monday, 3 October 2011

Paris Goes Green!

The French capital rolled out the first of its new eco-friendly electric "bubble cars" on Sunday at the launch of a car-sharing plan it hopes will spark a quiet transportation revolution.

Hot on the wheels of Paris' self-service bicycle program known as Velib', comes Autolib'. As with the 20,000 cycles at hundreds of stations across the city since 2007, anyone wishing to get from Point A to Point B in the French capital will soon be able to pick up an electric Bluecar at one location and drop it off at another.

Autolib' in Paris

By 2013, city officials plan to have between 3,000 and 5,000 environmentally friendly Bluecars stationed at more than 1,000 locations across the city, with the aim of cutting noise and air pollution as well as reducing traffic by discouraging private car ownership.

During an unusually sunny early autumn lunchtime on the Avenue Trudaine in Paris' family-friendly 9th arrondissement, curious onlookers gathered Sunday around a line of Bluecars brought out for a two-month trial in preparation for the official launch in early December.

On a nearby cafe terrace bemused diners watched the electric cars, which, contrary to their name are not blue but unpainted aluminium, zip up and down the avenue. There were no complaints about fumes or noise because there were none.

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