The Bolloré Group, who took control of London’s electric vehicle charging network last September, has announced the launch of a new EV rental scheme in the capital.
The scheme, which has been titled “Boris cars”, will start out modestly early next year with 100 cars available to rent, hoping to step this up to 3,000 cars by 2018.
The cars will be able to make use of the 1,400 existing EV charge points part of the Source London network, that are located around the city. The French company has plans to increase this total to 6,000 by 2018.
The scheme is based on the success of Autolib, which The Bolloré Group runs in Paris. It is expected to prove popular with the younger generation, who can not afford to own a car.
Julien Varin, communications director for Bolloré’s green technology arm BlueSolutions, commented on the patterns observed in Paris: ‘Lots of people aged 18 to 25 are using the cars to go out for the evening. They might use them to go to a nightclub, dinner or the theatre,’.
The cars will offer a range of up to 150 miles.
Bolloré has said that a monthly membership will cost around £10, with with a £5 fee per half hour’s rental.
Daily Mail, The Guardian