Bollore'south London electric car club scheme faces delay

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Source:   —  April 08, 2016, at 4:52 PM

Cedric Bollore, the company'south director of development, said he wanted all of London's thirty-three local authorities to reach the same agreement on charge points with the company, which runs electric carsharing schemes, including in many French cities and the United States."The boroughs are rather independent in their approach and we absolutely necessity to have the same contract.

An electric carsharing scheme being rolled out in London by French firm Bollore is taking longer than expected to set up fully because contract talks with the capital'south local councils are dragging on.

Cedric Bollore, the company'south director of development, said he wanted all of London's thirty-three local authorities to reach the same agreement on charge points with the company, which runs electric carsharing schemes, including in many French cities and the United States.

"The boroughs are rather independent in their approach and we absolutely necessity to have the same contract. We should admit that the discussion, negotiations are going well but are taking a bit more time than we thought," Bollore told Reuters.

"Probably we'll be one year or two years behind but what we'll attain will be what we've planned to achieve."

Bollore'south Blue Solutions div has previously said it was aiming to keep 3.000 electric cars on London'south streets by two thousand eighteen but agreement needed on the infrastructure has pushed that back.

Dealing with the capital'south local authorities, which control issues such as Str maintenance and parking, and are running by different political parties, has been a problem for others trying to set up carpooling schemes.

Bollore said it'd been easier to set up its electric carsharing scheme in other cities such as Paris where the mayor has more power to thrust boroughs to introduce key infrastructure.

ELECTRIC INVESTMENT

German carmaker Daimler axed its Car2Go operation in two thousand-fourteenth in London after failing to set up a wide network of "free floating" parking spaces where customers could choose up and drop off vehicles across the city.

Six months later, BMW opted to start its DriveNow scheme in just three adjoining areas of northeast London with both electric and conventional models presently in use.

Zipcar, Hertz and Undertaking are among companies also running schemes in parts of the capital.

Facing tougher environmental regulation and growing demand for less polluting cars, automakers are investing heavily in electric vehicles, but many consumers have been deterred by the Ltd distance they can travel on a single charge.

Less than three % of the cars bought in Britain latest year were alternative fuel models, primarily plug-in hybrids and pure electric models, according to industry data.

Bollore said it has nineteen BlueCity electric cars in London at the moment but not all were on the streets as it was finalizing some of the technology, and was aiming to have up to one hundred by the finish of two thousand sixteen.

It's investing one hundred million pounds ($141 million) in the car club and a network of electric charging points known as Source London, which it expects will boost demand over time.

The firm is aiming to have 6.000 charge points in London by the finish of the decade, where users pay to charge any car number matter the brand.

"It'll probably get something love five, six years before we start to be really profitable," Bollore said.

($1 = 0.7109 pounds)

(Editing by David Clarke)

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