Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

French Company to Put 3,000 Electric 'Boris Cars' on the Streets of London

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

French Company to Put 3,000 Electric 'Boris Cars' on the Streets of London

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Byline: Matthew Beard Transport Editor

A FRENCH company today announced plans to put 3,000 electric rental cars onto London's streets.

Londoners will be able to hire the cars and drop them off at any one of thousands of charging points in a system billed as the automotive equivalent of the "Boris bike" scheme.

Drivers will typically be charged PS5 for a half-hour journey plus a PS5 per month membership. The first 100 vehicles will be on the streets next March and they will have a range of 150 miles.

Bollore, the French battery experts behind Paris' Autolib car hire scheme, pledged to extend the existing London network of 1,300 charging points to 6,000 by 2018.

Company president Vincent Bollore said the first priority was to unify the existing Source London system of 1,300 charging points which have had poor take-up, with three quarters unused last year. He said: "I believe that London could be the world's most advanced sustainable transport city and our announcement today is another step on the path to this goal. …

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