So electric, so blue
Electric car-sharing outfit BlueSG has opened its 100th charging station in Singapore 10 months after rolling out in the city state. BlueSG had just 80 vehicles on launch and currently boasts a 230-strong fleet, along with 17,000 registered users, up 100% over the last six months.
The company is looking towards 1,000 EV s and 2,000 charging points by 2020. It also aims to throw open 20% of its points for public use.
“BlueSG is becoming a viable alternative to car ownership and some of our users have already started selling off their private vehicles,” claims md Franck Vitté.
However, a French EV car sharing programme, backed by Bolloré Group, fared badly in Paris. The Autolib service pulled its 4,000 vehicles off the streets during the summer. The offering, which the firm operated together with Paris municipalities, racked up 110,000 subscribers but ended up in deep deficit.
The scheme was hamstrung by its popularity with users often having problems finding a car, while many complained that the vehicles were sometimes damaged and dirty.
Bolloré is claiming €235m in restitution from the Parisian municipalities.