‘Boris Bike’ style electric car scheme to hit London

First it was the Boris Bikes – and now a similar initiative for electric cars is set to hit the city of London. Bollore, the French battery experts behind the […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

First it was the Boris Bikes – and now a similar initiative for electric cars is set to hit the city of London.

Bollore, the French battery experts behind the Autolib’ car hire scheme in Paris, has pledged to extend the existing network by adding 3,000 charging points across the British capital this year.

The scheme, which was started by French billionaire Vincent Bollore, will allow drivers to book EVs using smartcards and phones for short journeys between charging points in London. They could be charged £5 for a half-hour journey plus a £5 per month membership.

Mr Bollore, Chief Executive of the group said the electric car hire could help cut congestion and reduce pollution in London.

He told a news outlet: “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. Electric car sharing has been tremendously popular in Paris and we believe it could be as equally successful in London, offering people a convenient and low-cost form of environmentally-friendly transport.”

Paris is said to have over 2,000 of those cars and 862 hire stations in place since the launch of the scheme in 2011.

The first 100 vehicles are expected to hit the streets next March and London is expected to have around 6,000 EV charging points installed by 2018.