Bolloré to Start Autolib Clones in Asia
After two years of operation, French electric car sharing service Autolib is regarded as a success in Paris, so Vincent Bolloré decided to clone it in other cities in France, the U.S. and now in Asia. We believe that expansion into London is part of the plan too because of Bollore’s recent deal to manage and develop the Source London charging network.
Autolib has approximately 2,035 Bluecars and 855 stations (345 outside of Paris) with 4,334 terminals. The long term goal is 3,000 cars. Roughly 40,000 Parisians currently subscribe to Autolib.
The first Autolib clone, Bluely, is already working in Lyon, France. 130 Bluecars and 51 stations with a total of 254 charging terminals are there. 520 subscribers already signed up. In the near future, it will rise to 250 cars, 100 stations and 500 charging points.
Next month, the second clone will go live in Bordeaux, France. This one is called Bluecub and will initially offer 90 Bluecars, 40 stations and 200 terminals. Those numbers should all double by June 2015.
In Indianapolis, the U.S.’ Autolib clone should start within a year. The plan is to have 500 cars, 200 stations and 1,200 charging points in June 2015.
Bolloré is in talks with Cambodia, South Korea and Singapore to have electric car sharing there. Asia could be a huge market for EV sharing and its seems Autolib is trying to corner the market everywhere.