Paris by e-car

Readers' Views No 298, Q1 2014
OECD Observer

Congratulations on choosing a photo of the Paris-based Autolib' electric carsharing scheme to illustrate your article on the plight of the car industry in the OECD area ("The automotive sector: Steering beyond the crisis" in No 297, Q4 2013).

Unlike demand for conventional cars, which you say will decline, the outlook for electric cars is surely brighter–the owners expect the pay-and-go Autolib' to become profitable by 2018, and there are countless other electric car producers nudging into the market. Moreover, the Bolloré Bluecar used by Autolib' symbolises what Europe can do: designed by Pininfarina, built in Bairo, Italy, and launched in Paris in 2011. If the trend catches on, Europe's old city centres could become the cleanest and smartest places to live on earth.

—R Delucenay, Paris, France

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