On April 28, 2016, at the doors of the eco-neighborhood Union, and at the feet of the social housing landlord headquarters Lille Métropole Habitat, the carsharing service Lilas Autopartage and the electric utility company EDF installed the first electric charging station in the city.
It’s good news. The Lilas Autopartage network, currently in 12 different communities of the Lille metropolitan area (MEL), now proposes not only a new service station for its cars, but also its first electric car, which can be found at the eco-neighborhood of Union-Tourcoing.
With an autonomy of 130 km (about 80 miles), the car is waiting for its first users. To use the car, a subscription to the SCIC LIlas Autopartage service is necessary. The carsharing company graciously offers guidance on how to drive the electric car and use the charging station.
Its inauguration is the first in the process of creating a public network of interconnected electrical charging stations. This network will offer 7 KW of power in its most basic option. This means that it will take three to four hours to refill the engine. Privately owned vehicles will be able to be recharged for the price of about 3 euros. This project is financed by the MEL and EDF.
“The MEL installs the Lilas stations and supports the Cooperative Society of Collective Interests (Société Coopérative d’intérêt Collectif) as part of its urban mobility plan” states Claire Lambert, director at Lilas Autopartage.
Major figures in the MEL commented positively on the event:
On the benefits of carsharing, Marc Godefroy, the MEL’s delegate counselor for the social economy and solidarity says: “a car spends only 2% of its lifetime actually driving. The rest of the time it sits on the public domain. Carsharing will decrease the time that a car spends occupying the public space.”
Alain Laruelle, director of EDF’s sales division in the North-West region states that “energy is at the heart of major key issues such as rethinking how we live together, sharing, the economy of functionality, etc. It’s an emblematic subject of the third industrial revolution.”
Finally, Didier Manier, president of Lille Métropole Habitat praises the Metropole efforts: “the MEL , winner of the National contest for Intelligent electronic networks, is now deploying a network of interconnected electrical terminals. The collectives are finding solutions and are meeting the transportation environmental concerns head-on.”
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Original article, originally published in French, here.
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