Car sharing programs are nothing new to the automobile world and in the recent years, they have proven to be extremely effective, especially in cities such as New York and other European countries including the Netherlands. However, now a company by the name of Autolib that is owned and operated by Vincent Bollore, who is said to be close to the French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has begun a unique new car sharing program, where in all the vehicles available for the public transportation are electric vehicles (EV). This incredibly noble approach towards eco-friendly public transportation has been introduced in the capital of France, Paris and as of now serves some 60 electric vehicles spanning across ten stations all across the city. Hailed as the world’s first electric car sharing program, this magnificent project employs Lithium Metal Polymer batteries that are manufactured by the Bollore Group and are used to power the vehicles.
The extremely efficient electric batteries are stated to store more power than any other existing electric vehicle and have been designed to provide the EVs with an astounding range of 250 kilometers (155 miles) on a single charge. The electric car sharing project has been started on test basis two months and if successful, is expected to raise the fleet of electrics cars from 60 vehicles to 250 vehicles by the month of December this year. Furthermore, Autolib has also stated its intention taking the project to a massive 2,000 electric vehicles covering 46 regions in the country by the end of June 2012. The electric cars chosen for this incredible electric car sharing program are four seat compact cars and the company is now offering interested customers with a low annual subscription fee of 12 Euros ($15.81) a month to drive these vehicles. The electric cars for this project have been designed by Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina that is well known across the globe for its luxury supercars such as that of Ferrari and Maserati.