Yanks embrace French ride sharing scheme
WHILE car makers are still testing the waters on how to cater for the selfie generation of non-car buyers, young and old residents in Indianapolis have no qualms about using a month-old electric car sharing service called BlueIndy.
Electric Car News reports the cost-effective new service has already registered over 500 daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly memberships, who drove more than 1 500 trips since launch on September 2.
Most of the subscribers opted for annual membership, which charges them $4 (R58) for a 20-minute ride.
Indianapolis is the first American city to use the Bluecar and was selected to showcase the Bluecar, an electric vehicle developed as part of a public service contract by the Bolloré Group in France, where it has been running in 47 municipalities since launch in December 5, 2011.
The Bolloré Group produces and sells mobile and stationary electric storage solutions, from the production of electric vehicle car-sharing systems to clean and free electricity, via Blue Zone solar energy in Africa.
While called the BlueIndy in Indianapolis, the Bluecar ride sharing service is marketed as Autolib’ in Paris, Bluely in Lyon, and Bluecub in Bordeaux for this unique service, with plans to expand to other leading cities around the globe.
BlueIndy general manager Scott Prince said reaching the 500-member mark so quickly had special significance in the land of the Indianapolis 500.
“Our goal is to deliver a convenient, affordable and reliable transit option.
“The enthusiasm for our new service has been fantastic and many people have already commented on how BlueIndy helps them save money and time and enhances their mobility in the city”.
BlueIndy has stations throughout the city where users can pick up and return vehicles.
A number of additional stations and cars will be put in service in the coming months before the scheme rolls out to other cities in the U.S.
French company Bolloré’s all-electric ride sharing scheme has been enthusiastically received in Indianapolis.