Autolib’ – An urban revolution

There has been an exciting development over here in Paris. Our mayor, Bertand Delanoë (who might possibly be my favourite politician at the moment), has introduced a new scheme that could revolutionise the way we live in this city. After the Velib’, we now have the Autolib’, an electrical car which, just like a Velib, you pick up on the street and drop off when you arrive at your destination.

I love using the Velib’, but cycling around a city with kids in tow is just not possible. The arrival of the Autolib’ was announced months ago and I have been peeking down my road, to see if there were going to be any cars parked close to me. And suddenly there were 4 neatly lined up electrical cars right across the road!

I now just walk a few meters, swipe my card, unplug the car from its power socket and off I go. It’s brilliant and has already taken me all around Paris. There are not yet that many parking stations, but new ones are opening every day. For the kids, I just bring along booster seats, which are easy enough to carry.


P.S. Have you ever driven an electrical car? It is soo quiet!




Comments (6)

February 7, 2012

I love it!

February 7, 2012

Hi, I think these car share ideas are great. However, I’m wondering if you bring your own car seats and install them in these cars? After that, do you have to lug your car seats around at your destination?

February 8, 2012

Yes I do bring my own seats, so I use bumper seats, which are pretty light, that the kids lug around themselves. I usually use the car when we go visit friends or go to a specific destination so that I can leave the seats somewhere.

Courtney in London
February 7, 2012

This is SUCH a brilliant idea! I can’t wait for it to come to London (hopefully it will! we have copied your bicycle idea!). xxx

February 11, 2012

So progressive! I feel the need to move back to Europe!

May 11, 2012

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