Kaohsiung to Launch Shared Electric Car System Inspired by Paris

Kaohsiung to Launch Shared Electric Car System Inspired by Paris
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On October 13, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu signed a cooperation agreement with the promoter of the electric car sharing system, Bolloré Group, to welcome them to invest in Kaohsiung. She hopes that Kaohsiung can become the first city to develop a public electric car system in Taiwan.

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Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu has met with Deputy Mayor of Paris Christophe Najdovski to exchange experiences in traffic management and building low carbon cities. On October 13, Chen signed a cooperation agreement with the promoter of the electric car sharing system, Bolloré Group, to welcome them to invest in Kaohsiung. She hopes that Kaohsiung can become the first city to develop a public electric car system in Taiwan.

Liberty Times reports, Najdovski says that the Paris government has been promoting some innovative policies regarding air quality due to the strong demand of the Parisians. One of the most important and successful policies has to do with encouraging the use of bicycles and promoting shared transportation.

Najdovski also says that some cars only need to drive a distance within four kilometers and bicycles can substitute the use of these cars. Therefore, the Paris city government has been increasing the budget for pedestrian and bike-friendly spaces, as well as facilitating the electric car sharing system. He says that it’s not necessarily for civilians to have their own cars if they can make use of shared electric cars.

CNA reports that on October 13, Chen and the Bolloré Group, launcher of the Paris electric car sharing system, Autolib’, have signed a memorandum of cooperation. Chen invites the group to invest in Kaohsiung, echoing the industrial transformation of the city.

Storm Media reports, due to the increasing car insurance and parking fees, as well as the severe traffic situation around Paris, less people choose to buy cars. The Bolloré Group has long been committed to the integration of green energy and the rental car industry. Since 2011, the group has cooperated with the Paris City Hall to launch the Autolib’ program that allows citizens to rent electric cars with their driver’s license.

Inside reports, Autolib’ program has so far built 1,000 rental stations and provides 3,000 electric cars. It has been very popular with the citizens of Paris and the average number of daily rentals is about ten thousand. So far, the service has been used more than 11 million times. The program has successfully been copied and implemented in London, Indianapolis in the US and five other cities around the world.

According to statistics, one shared electric car alone has successfully replaced the usage of eight privately owned cars, greatly improving the traffic in the suburbs of Paris. The Bolloré Group estimates that by 2023, shared electric cars will be able to replace more than 25 thousand private cars, reducing about 75 million of carbon dioxide emission.

Translated by Vic Chiang
Edited by Olivia Yang

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