Paris to launch electric moped hire scheme
Electric mopeds will be available for hire around Paris from this summer following an "encouraging" trial of the public scheme, the mayor's office announced Tuesday.
The service will see 1,000 scooters gradually deployed around the French capital, available to anyone aged over 20 with a moped licence.
The electric bikes, equivalent to mopeds with 50cc engines, will be available from 7:00 am until 1:00 am daily under a scheme managed by Cityscoot, the first company in Europe to provide self-service scooters.
Cityscoot has been testing 50 of the scooters since last June with the support of city authorities and the results have been "very positive", the mayor's office said.
"In the last three months, 1,200 testers have completed nearly 4,500 journeys," the office said, adding that 65 percent of those who took part said they would use the scheme regularly.
In a city where motorbikes and mopeds make up a sizeable chunk of daily traffic, 21 percent said they would be happy to switch exclusively to the more environmentally-friendly electric bikes.
© 2016 AFP