Despite the rain and the wind, hundreds of buyers crowded Saturday morning on a supermarket car park in Romorantin, in the heart of the Sologne, to try to acquire an electric car from the car-sharing service in Paris Autolib ', closed in August .
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The first customer, Max Minerbe, 36, arrived from Tours, a nearby town, at 4:00 am. Others slept in the parking lot. "We did everything to dissuade people from far," says Charlotte Caravec, 31, organizer of the sale for the garage of the same name, which has been "buried" under phone calls since the announcement of this sale there at 48 hours. "We were afraid of the mass effect," she adds under the benevolent eye of the gendarmes to prevent overflow. Wisely lined up behind fences, under their umbrellas, shoppers are all drawn to the fuel savings they are going to make with a car sold for 3,700 euros.
200 people were waiting
The sale began at 10 am with 200 people waiting. By late morning, the 50 cars presented were sold. The organizers have handed 50 others but without presenting them to their buyers who will pay the advertised price, without seeing them.
"They will cost zero euro," says Andre, came from Yvelines look for a car for his wife. He will have to come back for her, but he is sure of himself and says: "Farewell to gasoline." Behind him, Jahan Serra and his friend Muloud, came from Pennes-Mirabeau, near Marseille. They also want to spend less on their daily trips. The first buyer, André Rochais, 65, would like to make his second car. Most potential buyers are old, already own a vehicle, and plan to use their new acquisition for local travel only.
All are interested in the low cost of use: no gasoline, electricity accessible to all, unlike other electric cars that must plug into special outlets, a free registration certificate and reduced insurance for 1 tax cv .
Only unknown: after sales service. It should be provided by the Blue network because set up by the Bolloré group, creator of the Autolib 'system.
"Ecological and economic"
Many questions also relate to the condition of the car. An aluminum prototype, designed by Pininfarina. After 2011, the launch year of Autolib, they drove an average of 100,000 kilometers, the sellers assure.
The condition of the bodywork is variable. Bosses, scratches, scratches testify to Parisian driving. Interiors where subscribers, 150,000 at the highest, sometimes found leftover sandwiches or syringes, were cleaned. The seats in gray faux leather are clean.
"She is not nickel but we worked on it," says David Hagège, who created the site "adieulessence.com" and co-organizes the sale. "We went to see Bolloré and we told them" do not throw ", he says, claiming an" ecological and economic "approach.
After ten minutes of sales, at the rate of groups of four visitors, the queue of buyers quickly grew and the cars already sold are marked with their wiper blades raised. Everything is gone in an hour. The sellers are very listened, especially when they evoke the state bonus of 2.000 euros, accessible conditionally for the purchase of an electric vehicle, even used.
In total, 3,500 autolib were repatriated from Paris to Romorantin, in the former Matra factory car park when the service was dismantled in the Paris region. After this "flash sale" worthy of the best marketing tactics, other similar cars will be sold, according to Charlotte Caravec, exclusively by his garage, but they will be more expensive: between 4,500 and 4,700 euros.