Paris has an enormous air pollution problem. The city is taking aggressive steps to ban older diesel powered cars and trucks from its streets. It is also a hot bed of car and bike sharing services. Bolloré Group has several thousand electric cars in its Paris based car sharing service and bicycle sharing programs are enormously popular among Parisians. Last year, the city passed new regulations requiring every new building to have either vegetation or solar panels mounted on the roof.
Office sharing is a concept that is growing in popularity around the world. Local entrepreneurs can rent a desk, chair, and computer by the day or the hour. Now, Paris has launched a one year trial that will allow small businesses to share electric delivery trucks. Not every business needs to have access to a vehicle 24 hours a day. Often an hour or two is all that’s necessary.
The new program is called VULe Partagés and it consists of a fleet of 10 small electric delivery vans — four Peugeot Partners, four Citroën Berlingo vans, and 2 Renault Kangoo ZEs. According to local newspaper Le Parisien, a group of restaurateurs, caterers, and florists are already using the service. Each van comes with a card that provides free access to the Rungis International Market on the outskirts of Paris.
Rungis is an enormous wholesale food market that provides many of the ingredients for Paris’ large number of cafés and restaurants. The inclusion of a Rungis card is a good indication of how the VULe Partagés vehicles will be used. In a city where food helps to define its culture, cutting emissions in the supply chain is an important step both symbolically and practically. That may explain why the only refrigerated EV in the VULe Partagés fleet is in high demand.