Driving under Paris skies

Wow, I can’t wait for my summer holiday in Paris. Already, I’m a big fan of the city’s bicycle hire scheme, Vélib, so am practically quivering with excitement at the prospect of the sister car hire scheme.

As part of the plan, Paris transport bosses will place around 3,000 nippy, battery-powered cars at locations around the city.

For only 12 euros a month and around only five euros per half hour, Parisians and visitors alike will be able to hire one of the French-made, lithium metal polymer battery-enabled vehicles and take it round the city of love.

Great news for a tourist like me is the fact the cars all come with GPS and an emergency call button.

The scheme makes a great deal of sense. After all, a recent study by Paris city bosses revealed that cars in the capital spend 95 per cent of the time parked –: a good deal of the remaining five percent is time spent looking for a parking space.

Although I don’t know what the car insurance arrangements are for the hire vehicles, it seems time may be saved on that front as well.

Image © rui ornelas via Flickr, under Creative Commons Licence

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