Last week, ending a very public dispute, the Syndicat Autolib ‘Vélib’ Métropole (SAVM), which brings together the 103 partner municipalities, including the capital, in Île-de-France, terminated its contract for the Autolib servie with the Bolloré group. Bolloré was seeking €233.7 million to cover its deficit; SAVM refused to pay.
At this point, the Autolib electric vehicle sharing service is dead. SAVM said that it will not take over the service, nor will it contract it out to another operator.
Although the service, which launched in 2011, had nearly 150,000 active subscribers, fleet management and an insufficient number of rentals dragged its financial performance down.
The mayor of Paris said that the 3,244 parking spaces currently dedicated to Autolib will eventually be offered to Parisians and Parisians owners of an electric vehicle or using a car-sharing electric vehicle. The parking will be free, with a six-hour limit.
Bolloré, which called the termination “brutal” intends to challenge.