London already has a successful bike sharing scheme and now it looks like the city is going to get a similar program for cars. Sky New reports that French billionaire Vincent Bollore plans to bring 3,000 electric cars to London as part of a scheme similar to Boris Bikes. The program would also see Bollore Group quadruple the number of charging points in the city, bringing the number of e-car charging locations to 6,000.
Don’t expect to see thousands of these cars zipping around London too soon, though. The plan is to have just 100 deployed by the end of the year and the full 3,000 on the roads by 2016. The service is based on Paris’ Autolib', which has been up and running since 2011, and is also in place in Lyon and Bordeaux. Cars for Autolib' (seen right) are also provided by Bollore Group.
The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme (as it’s officially called) has 10,000 bicycles and 720 stations. It was also modelled on a Parisian scheme. Paris' Velib' cycle sharing system launched in 2007, three years before Boris Bikes, and has 14,000 bikes and more than 1,200 stations.