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The city of Paris, under the auspices of Mayor Bertrand Delanoë, has signed a contract with Bolloré, producers of the BlueCar, to have 3000 electric cars on the Paris’s streets by the end of 2011.
In the same way as you can currently rent a bike, you’ll be able to hire a car and park it at one of the 1,000 parking and recharging stations in the city and suburbs.
The 3.65 meter long three-seater vehicles are virtually silent, produce no pollution and give off no CO2, but cost more than conventional-fuel cars to manufacture and to buy. The cars have a range of 250 kilometers in cities and a maximum speed of 130 kilometers. Higher speeds will diminish the range. Performance is from 0 to 60 kph in 6.3 seconds.
Initially, it will cost €15 per month for a subscription and there will be a €5 per hour rental fee. Parking at the charging stations will be free.
Paris’s Mayor states the new service will revolutionize transport within the city, in the same way Zip-Cars have done in some locations in the U.S. Other cities in France will be offering short-term rental cars and Hertz is considering getting into the business.
Spain is overtaking France as Europe’s high-speed rail leader with the opening of a high-speed line between Madrid and Valencia. The 272 mile-long trip (438 kilometers) will take only 90 minutes.
With Spain’s high-speed train service, known as Alta Velocidad Espanola (AVE), the trains have noses shaped like a duck-billed platypus and travel at speeds of up to 190 miles per hour (300 kph). There are plans to extend the routes.
The race is on and will surely be a boon to tourism. Why not sit back and enjoy the countryside rather than drive or spend time in airports?
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