Bluecity electric car club launches in London - finally!
Wed 12 April 2017 | Back to news list
The electric car club based on Paris's popular Autolib car hire scheme has launched in Hammersmith and Fulham, London, but almost three years after its French operators, Bolloré Group, announced plans to bring it to the capital.
Progress in London has been hampered by the complexity of the operator having to strike deals with 33 town halls and TfL, and by the poor state of charging infrastructure. Bolloré says the reliability of charging points has now risen from as low as 60 per cent to 98 per cent.
Bluecity - which was featured at the 2014 LowCVP annual conference - will initially only be available in Hammersmith and Fulham. Drivers who register will be able to pick up an initial 30 vehicles from about 85 on-street charging points in the borough - claimed to be the most in any local authority in Britain. (There are plans to have 150 charge points in the borough by the summer.) The vehicles can be dropped off at any of about 400 charging points across 16 other boroughs. (Planned to rise to more than 1,000 by the end of the year.)
The cars have a range of 150 miles and can be driven only within the M25.
Autolib was launched in Paris in 2011 and now has a fleet of more than 4,000 cars in the French capital.
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