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    May 30, 2014

    French e-car sharing firm keen on S'pore

    A FRESH stab at car sharing in Singapore may be in the works - the electric way.

    French electric car-sharing provider Autolib', which expects its Paris operations to break even this summer, has had discussions with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to see if it can pilot a similar programme here.

    Its value proposition: a green transport alternative for customers who baulk at the cost of owning a car and finding parking space, but still want to drive.

    When contacted, an LTA spokesman told BT that the Bollore group, which owns Autolib', together with others, "have been exploring electric vehicle car-sharing opportunities in Singapore".

    The LTA is working with the Housing Board to facilitate car sharing, such as having more parking lots. Electric vehicles are another matter. Their mass adoption "would require multiple complex activities and decisions".

    An initial trial ended in December and a review of the data is still under way, the spokesman said.

    Autolib's service that started at the end of 2011 with 250 cars now provides around 2,300 cars in Paris, and with around 4,600 charging points around the city. About 51,000 Parisians use the service today.