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Official: Renault, Bollore partner on carsharing, electric vehicles

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Pininfarina B0

Bolloré, the company behind the car-sharing service Autolib, is going to get to work alongside French automaker Renault on some of these newfangled mobility issues. The two companies have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on car-sharing operations and, possibly, to develop an all-electric three-seater. Renault says it may invest in Bolloré’s Bluely and Bluecub services in Lyon and the Bordeaux regions, respectively. The two companies may also work together on a electric trike that would be powered by Bolloré’s 20-kWh electric battery and could go as far as 125 miles on a single charge.

Autolib began operations in the fall of 2011 in Paris with its all-electric “Bluecars” (pictured above is the concept version, the B0) with customers paying between $6 and $11 per half-hour in addition to a $200 annual membership fee. Bolloré’s goal at the time was to have as many as 5,000 electric vehicles parked at more than 1,000 locations in Paris by the end of this year. Last year, the company received a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) worth about $100 million for Autolib and now operates the service in more than 50 towns around Paris.

By investing in Autolib, Renault would join Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler as a major European automaker with a stake in a car-sharing company. Daimler owns Car2go, which operates carsharing programs in Europe and North America. Check out Renault’s press release on the Bolloré partnership below.

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