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    I saw four in the holiday traffic while shopping today. On passing the Renault dealer, the reason was apparent, they are renting them at 39 euros per day.

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    Renault Atelier Champs Elyees recently.








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    Notice saying they are installing power for electric cars.



    Power point and cabinet where you swipe a credit card and say which point you are connected to.



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    There is no shortage of charging stations in Paris. The installation schedule is well under way. The Autolib points with the computer terminal are primarily for registered users to pick up their rental electric 'blue' car. They are also available for private users. A bigger terminal is fitted at major rental points where you can register.

    "Après de nombreux débats sur un système trop cher ou inadapté à la volonté de réduire le nombre de propriétaires de voitures, le projet est lancé et ce sont les travaux d'installation de 264 stations qui ont commencé dans Paris et ses banlieues. [...] A terme Autolib' devrait disposer d'au moins de 500 stations extérieures et 200 souterraines qui seront reparties sur Paris, pour la majorité d'entre elles, et dans les banlieues de la capitale, pour 300 d'entre elles. [...] Chaque station sera équipée d'une borne interactive et d'une borne de recharge. En outre, on comptera 250 stations qui proposeront une borne de recharge mise à disposition du grand public et donc plus spécifiquement destinée aux propriétaires de véhicules électriques."
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    Id love to know Gerry. What is stopping people having their cars unplugged by some French louts that are just larking about over there? The person would come back to their car to find it not charged?

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    I think that the photos may have confused. I explained the Autolib service on anther thread. Essentially there are three overlapping services. In Paris and shortly in other major cities, the Autolib car rental kerbside staitions are being installed. They use a dedicated car model which remains plugged into the charger and the computer network. If unplugged without the card permission recognised by the computer, an alarm is initiated.
    To use this service you have to be registered:- you look up on their site the nearest registration station. There you find a booth with a scanner and a videophone + computer. You talk to a saleslady by video and she guides you through the procedure. You put on the scanner your driving licence and passport or i/d card. You enter your credit card details and if all approved, you are registered. Now you can go to any station which has a car, enter your code on the machine and your car is assigned. You can then unlock it and remove the charging cable. Once removed your fees start which are based on time in motion. You drive the car and leave it at a similar station where there is a place. Your smartphone will tell you the nearest. The accounting is automatic. Your rental ends when you plug the car in.

    The second service is personal electric vehicles. We have a standardised plug approved. You can charge at home on a socket provided by EDF with a higher charge rate than a normal power outlet. You can charge at a variety of fixed locations including supermarket parking and some garages. Autolib allow charging of personal cars if a plug is free at a charge per vehicle. With Renault vehicles you rent the battery and so they can be exchanged for fully charged at special centres being set up.

    Thirdly you can rent an electric vehicle. As I observed, the Twizy is being rented in a small town near me, as an example, by the dealer network. You can also rent from the major rental companies. PSA have a scheme by which you rent from them at a considerable discount on the purchase price of the vehicle if you allow it to be used when not needed by you, via the Citroën travel service boutiques. You share the second party rental with them.

    Vandalism in Paris remains a problem with the bike rental and will no doubt be a feature of unmanned car rental stations. They however have sophisticated alarms and video surveillance so don't try anything, Daniel.

    You can see a Twizy with doors (which are an option) juxtaposed with a pre WW1 Renault on my thread of the meeting at Casteljaloux in Aussie chat. Enjoy!!!
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    Saw another Twizy yesterday in the traffic leaving a small country town, St Andre de Cubzac, a long way from any public charging station.
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