Cutting down on car dependence

This week Paris got a new car-sharing system, bringing to three the number of options for this relatively eco-friendly way of getting around. From July 7th, Okigo enters the car share market with a fleet of new cleaner cars such as the Peugeot 1007, housed in 4 public parking lots at Rivoli, Bourse, République and Bastille. Tariffs are calculated on the basis of a minimal first hour at 4 euros/hour and then 0.35 euros per kilometer. The other two car-share companies in Paris are caisse commune and mobizen. Outside the capital there is franceautopartage.
If you must purchase a car, take a look at the ADEME’s carbon emission classification published in May.

In the diesel category, the Smart Fortwo scored the top ranking with just 101 grams of CO2, compared with a national average of 151 grams. Second place went to the Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion TDI (102 g), followed by the Citroen C1 1.4 HDI (109 g). The Toyota Prius came first in the gasoline category with 104 grams.

Car pooling hasn’t really taken off here, but does exist in a limited form through covoiturage which currently boasts 750 members.

via Le Nouvel Observateur

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