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The new life of Autolib

No more traffic jams in Paris! No more damage suffered by unscrupulous users … The 2,800 of the 4.000 Bluecars promised to scrap, after the sudden stop this summer, by decision of the mayor of Paris, the car-sharing service operated by Bolloré, could resume routes more calm. Already fifty or so of these cars designed by the prestigious Italian designer Pininfarina and recognizable by their aluminum body, found takers during a first public sale held this Saturday in Romorantin (Loir-et-Cher).

Gift of Parisians

Braving the wind and the rain of an autumn day, several hundred people crowded early in the carrefour hypermarket carrefour of this small town in the heart of Sologne to achieve the good deal promised by the organizers: a electric car for 3,700 euros! Some, like these two young people from Marseille the night before, spent the night in their car, others arrived at 4am to be the first to enjoy the windfall. "For once, Parisians give us a present! "exclaimed one of the future owners in the queue.

Welcomed 4 by 4 by the team of the local garage in charge of the sale, potential buyers, retired couples, quadras or young adults come, for the most part, from the surrounding area or neighboring departments (Cher and Indre-et-Loire) , did not miss questions about the age of the vehicles, their mileage, the reliability of the battery or the after-sales service.

Goodbye gasoline

But all, with the exception of a few who did not hide by their skepticism, already had the idea of ​​taking action. Most often to buy a second car, intended for small trips, sometimes to benefit from the scrap premium of his old vehicle (2,000 euros under conditions of resources), or for "Prepare for the ecological transition", and always to save fuel.

It is also on the site aptly named "adieulessence.com", that the future buyers, alerted by local media and social networks, were able to learn about the terms of the operation. This was set up by the company MyCar, which bought the Bluecar from Bolloré, and added the services of the Caradec garage in Romorantin.

Antoine Boudet


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