LA launches ‘BlueLA’ all-electric car sharing service
According to LA Downtown News, the Los Angeles Department of Transport has launched ‘BlueLA’ all-electric car sharing service. The ‘BlueLA’ service is similar to the all-electric car sharing service available in Paris, and the Blue-Indy service available in Indianapolis.
For the launch of the ‘BlueLA’ all-electric car sharing service, the Los Angeles Department of Transport has partnered with a subsidiary of the Bolloré Group, a French transportation firm.
The members of the ‘BlueLA’ service can get access to a fully charged electric vehicle (EV) on demand, as and when required, without requiring the ownership of an electric vehicle. The membership cost for the all-electric car sharing service is $5 per month for most families; and $1 per month for low income households.
With the mentioned monthly membership fee for the ‘BlueLA’ service, the members can use an electric car by paying a standard usage charge of 20 cents per minute, or 15 cents per minute for low income households.
The initial rollout of the ‘BlueLA’ all-electric car sharing service is limited to 25 cars. However, by the end of 2018, a total of 100 cars will be available for the service, which will be expanded to 40 locations and 200 recharging points. The size of the service will apparently undergo a three-fold increase by the year 2021.
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