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200806201027.jpgParis' Mayor is planning an electric car rental scheme, similar to the Velib enterprise which we covered earlier last year, allowing people to pick up and drop of vehicles anywhere within the borders of the city.

The electric, carbon neutral cars, herald the next step in a transport revolution which Bertrand Delanoë, Paris' Mayor, is leading.

Thanks to the success of the Velib scheme in Paris, there was a cross-party consensus on the introduction of a similar model in London. We have yet to see progress on this from the Mayor, though he has not indicated that he doesn't plan to move forward with its introduction.

Seeing the enthusiasm for following Paris' lead with bike-rental, might we also follow with cars-rental?

There are numerous problems with the scheme - not least with the potential congestion which they might cause, but City Hall will no-doubt be closely following developments in Paris.

A Guardian article on the scheme can be found here.

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Update: StreetsBlog has an excellent summary of Parisian transport developments here. Definitely worth reading.