Autolib is the very successful electric car sharing service in Paris, and has recently been duplicated in Lyon and Bordeaux. It is a public/private joint venture between the city of Paris and the Bollore group, which runs the program and provides the 2500 Bluecar electric cars.
Curiously, about a year ago, Bollore accused BMW of “industrial espionage” after the police arrested two Germans working for a BMW’s subcontractor who were conducting “tests” at several charging stations in Paris… But now everything is forgiven, and Bollore and BMW issued a common press release announcing the compatibility of BMW’s electric vehicles with the Autolib charging stations.
Where it becomes interesting for us is that electric two-wheelers have a very special charging rate that the city of Paris imposed on Autolib. Between 8am and 8pm, the first 2 hours of charging are free, after that it is 1 euro per hour. Between 8pm and 8am, the first 4 hours are free. All that is needed is a €15 yearly subscription.
And since the C Evolution can be recharged to 80% in 2 hours, and 100% in 3 hours, one could arguably ride for free in Paris by using the Autolib charging stations!