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Nina Dumas, Jan. 12, 2012

AutoLib green car rental scheme hit by vandalism in Paris

One month after its launch there are reports that Paris’ innovative car rental scheme has been hit by vandalism problems. One quarter of the 200 cars have had to be withdrawn as a result of vandalism and break downs, leaving just 150 cars in circulation.

http://www.thelocal.fr/2170/20120102/

A rough start indeed. But I remain faithful that AuotLib will *must* succeed.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=SpdjG_7uZBE&feature=player_embedded
Nina Dumas
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  • Henry Hamilton Henry Hamilton Jan. 13, 2012
    I said it before and I'll say it again, AutoLib is doomed unless the cars are kept clean inside and out. The company must hire people to clean each car in the fleet at least 2 times a day. Would you patronize a hotel if it didn't clean its rooms after each customer check-out? Same concept.
  • srini n srini n Jan. 13, 2012
    Henry Hamilton +1
  • Marco Masoni Marco Masoni Jan. 13, 2012
    I don't know, Henry. Zipcar (http://zipcar.com) succeeds by obligating renters to leave the car clean. If they don't, they get charged for this on their credit cards. Maybe Autolib needs to do its research.

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Nina Dumas, Dec. 8, 2011

Yaaaay!!!! :) I tried the AutoLib yesterday for the first time and it’s incredible!!! I already love it. It officially launched on Monday of this week in Paris.

If you haven’t heard, AutoLib is a pay-as-you-drive electric car rental in Paris. 1200 of them have their own special electric parking spaces around the city. I’m very happy about it because it’s very cost saving, reduces pollution and traffic.

How much does it cost? €5 for 30 minutes (almost same as 2 metro tickets), €10 a day, €15 a week or €144 a year.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=F08tanBgsTs&feature=player_embedded
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  • Henry Hamilton Henry Hamilton Dec. 8, 2011
    Similar to a hotel room, keeping these cars clean inside and out on a daily basis will be critical to the success of the program. I love this concept, but would quickly stop using it if the car interiors are not cleaned daily.
  • Billy Sumner Billy Sumner Dec. 8, 2011
    Too cool. I'd sell my car in a heart beat if I had access to this service.

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Forrest Gardner, Dec. 4, 2011

Electric car maker Aptera goes belly up:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2011/12/electric-car-maker-aptera-goes-belly-up/1

Aptera, once one of the most fascinating electric-car makers on the horizon with a wild egg-shaped, three-wheel prototype, is calling it quits. The company only raised about $40 million of the $150 million it would have needed to get a federal matching grant for its first market-ready four-door electric sedan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQTrhqsr7UM
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  • Forrest Gardner Forrest Gardner Dec. 4, 2011
    I don't think so…because the coal burning power plants needed to power electric cars already exist, they're already burning coal and and they're already polluting the environment. Will plugging-in electric cars to recharge batteries require new plants to be built? No. Electric cars will use the existing capacity of the existing coal power plants. So, the net result should be twofold: 1) no change in how coal power plants are being used, and 2) cleaner air in the urban centers due to the elimination of automobile smog.

    Sometimes, problems need to be tackled one step at a time. Electric cars are a good “first step” for creating cleaner, healthier living environments…and reduction of green house gas. Make sense?
  • srini n srini n Dec. 4, 2011
    It does make huge practical sense, indeed. You got to eat the elephant slice by slice!
    But if the question is about only drawing energy from existing facilities then can it also be argued that the oil wells also exist already and the oil/gas pumped out from them are being used elsewhere if not within cars?
  • Forrest Gardner Forrest Gardner Dec. 5, 2011
    More than just drawing energy from existing facilities, I see the issue as improving the atmospheric environment in our city centers, while buying time to figure out a way to cost effectively eliminate fossil fuel buring power plants. The health benefits would also be an attractive by product- i.e., lower rates of asthma, emphysema, etc. But I do understand your point.
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Lauren P-United States, Nov. 27, 2011

People are always talking about how it would be so much easier to just ride a bus and save money on gas and lessen their carbon footprint. However, I don’t think these people realize how much harder it is for those who have to rely on public transportation than those who actually own a car and can afford to drive it around every day. In Houston, riding a public bus can be a good thing or a very, very bad thing. The buses run every 30 minutes so missing the time when the bus stops by could make you extremely late. Other factors such as an already full bus, traffic, and missing your stop can all have a negative effect on the, traffic, and missing your stop can all have a negative effect on the your riding a public bus. But the people who have their own cars and are able to drive themselves around have it much easier. They don’t have to worry about missing their next bus, getting off at the wrong stop, or forgetting something at home and having the ride the bus the full way back to get it. No, people who are fortunate enough to have cars also have the luxury of not worrying about those things.

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Jesper Karbing, Nov. 25, 2011

Obviously public transportation is a fantastic way to reduce carbon in our environment!
But people like myself would much rather use personal transportation such as a car/scooter to get wherever you want whenever you want.
I only take bus to school now because I CAN´T take my scooter due to that I live in Sweden and there´s snow here.
Also I´m often late to school only because that the busses are late or doesn´t even show up!
A local/global improvement on this would be welcome.

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  • Harry Kuntzflapps Harry Kuntzflapps Nov. 25, 2011
    You should like totally walk dude. I walk miles sometimes to reduce my carbon output. Just wear a warm jackit
  • Jesper Karbing Jesper Karbing Nov. 25, 2011
    I do some walking ocassionally but because of very frequent rain I´d rather not.
    It takes about 30 minutes to walk to school so it could be a future option, it´s really nice to walk when the weathers good or at least decent, but in snow storm and heavy rain I´m taking the bus/car/scooter.

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Brittany B-USA, Nov. 15, 2011

I guess you could say that buses, cabs, subways, etc. are a good way of reducing carbon in our environment than each individual/family using their own cars. The reason why some people would rather take their own car is because of safety, but I’ll look into that later. In places, such as the Philippines, they use transportation such as ‘pedicabs’, which are not gas powered, but more like ‘man powered’. It’s like a bike, with somebody pedaling in the front and normally 1 or 2 people riding in a covered seat type thing, but since people are used to pedal, you could say that in that country, they have a MUCH smaller footprint. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have cars anymore, because that is a major technological invention, but we should really look at the alternatives. This has been said a lot, but bikes are good to use, especially when cars aren’t necessary for just going down the block or across the street to the store. It’s an environmentally friendly alternative. Here’s a link to a picture of these filipino cabs:

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=filipino+pedicabs&hl=en&biw=1280&bih=699&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=2RALp4S3fkMpQM:&imgrefurl=http://thebumpyjourneyoflife.blogspot.com/2010/09/public-utility-drivers-of-phili
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Christie James, Nov. 12, 2011

NYC East River Ferries Going Green with Eco-Friendly Upgrades: NY Waterway is introducing new technology to all 31 vessels in its fleet that will reduce emissions of pollutants known as nitrogen oxides by 30 tons each.

As part of the project, diesel oxidation catalysts, or DOCs, will be added to all 31 NY Waterway ferries. The equipment controls emissions by helping the boats burn fuel more efficiently and emit less smoke, Goodman said. In addition, nine of the oldest boats in the fleet will be outfitted with new, more environmentally friendly engines. Currently, the state does not regulate emissions from marine vessels.

http://www.dnainfo.com/20111018/murray-hill-gramercy/east-river-ferries-going-green-with-ecofriendly-upgrades

http://www.flickr.com/photos/spartan038luke/3697734925/
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Nov. 12, 2011
    great! Nitrogen oxides are, essentially, smog.
  • Bert Breton Bert Breton Nov. 12, 2011
    It's difficult to believe that NYC ferries have never been regulated for emissions. Embarrassing reflection on the NYC Transit Authority. What have they been doing during the past 20 years?

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Janet Pearson, Nov. 11, 2011

Are electric vehicles over-hyped? Just as fuel cell vehicles were over-hyped 10 years ago, electric vehicles are in a similar scenario today – but that does not mean they cannot live up to their full potential, industry experts said at a green transport seminar on Wednesday. Panellists at day two of the Clean Energy Expo Asia cautioned electric vehicle (EV) advocates about the need to manage expectations for the future of EVs.

http://www.eco-business.com/features/are-electric-vehicles-over-hyped/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mobilityisnext/5712673611/
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Nina Dumas, Oct. 13, 2011

AutoLib latest news: PARIS — On Oct. 8th, Mayor Delanoe invited Parisians to preview the public car service Autlolib with staff on hand for test drives. Ten of the eventual 508 stations within Paris were open to introduce the compact and environmentally friendly electric “Bluecars” produced by French investment group Bolloré. This is another step in Dealnoe’s attempt to reduce traffic within the City of Light.

The idea —The Autolib will officially debut on December 5 following the success of the revolutionary public biking system, the Vélib. The idea, much like the Vélib, is to subscribe to the service and take an eco-friendly car from point A to point B without worrying about parking along congested Parisian streets. The city hopes the system will help remove around 22,000 gas-powered vehicles from the French capital. I’m very happy Paris is embracing this program!

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/global-observer/autolib-to-liberate-parisian-drivers/119

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCLCcWwdlsc
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  • Marco Masoni Marco Masoni Oct. 13, 2011
    The last time I was in Paris, I took full advantage of the shared bicycle services (Vélib). Can't wait to see how Autolib works. This is truly innovative. I hope it works and other cities follow the example.
  • Jenny Rothberg Jenny Rothberg Oct. 13, 2011
    This is an amazing idea! American cities need to replicate this.

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Nina Dumas, Oct. 2, 2011

AutoLib, the pay as you go electric car rental service launches TODAY in Paris!!! The AutoLib project is aimed at reducing the need for the private cars that hog Parisian boulevards as well as offering locals and visitors a chance to discover electric cars. The city of Paris has spent 35 million euros ($47.8 million) in building the car rental stations, while neighboring communes have contributed 50,000 for each station. Just pick up the car at a nearby kiosque, drive to where ever you want to go in the city, and park it in designated green parking spot… and don’t forget to plug the charger in so that the next person find a full battery!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DOUeBP5z6I&feature=player_embedded
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