5/20/2014

France’s Bollore Launches EV Car-Share in U.S.

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Paris-based industry giant Bollore Group has chosen Indianapolis for the American debut of its electric vehicle car-sharing service at the end of 2014.

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Paris-based industry giant Bollore Group has chosen Indianapolis for the American debut of its electric vehicle car-sharing service at the end of 2014.

The $35 million project, dubbed BlueIndy, eventually will include a 500-car fleet and network of 1,000 charging stations in the city, according to the company.

Bollore is expected to deploy the first 125 cars and 25 charge points by the end of the year. Customers will be able to rent a vehicle for as little as $10 per hour.

The company unveiled BlueIndy's first charging station during this week's Electric Drive Transportation Assn. conference and annual meeting in Indianapolis.

As with its Autolib car-sharing business in Paris, the service will use Bollore's own all-electric three-door hatchbacks, called Bluecars. The little four-seaters EVs are powered by the company's own lithium-polymer batteries and, according to Bollare, can travel as far as 150 miles per charge.