October 22, 2011

Auto Bleue: sublime electric car rental in Nice

Nice is the first city of France where you can rent an electric car through a self-service system 24/7. There are 28 stations now, but this will be extended to 70 in 2012.

How it works:

1. Registration
Go to the Auto Bleue Office at: 17 avenue Thiers, 06000 Nice (in front of SNCF)
Open: Monday to Friday 08:00-19:00, Saturday 08:00-13:30. Register there with your drivers licence and you will get your Auto Bleue card.
You can also register online, but then you have to wait for the post to receive your access card, so it's much easier to go to the office.
The registration costs are 25 euros and it's valid up to 2 years.

2. Reservation:
Go to the website http://www.auto-bleue.org/index.php?lang=en and log in and reserve your car. There are 2 different cars: a small Peugeot iOn or a family Citroen Berlingo.

3. Pick-up:
Pick up your car with your access card / badge. See here how it works. It also explains the drop-off.

Costs are calculated per minute and are 8 euros per hour, 20 euros for 4 hours and 50 euros daily. Insurance included.

Easy and clean transport system for those who like to rent a car. Also for tourists! But please note that at the moment registration is not possible for some states of America where you can drive under the age of 18. With a fully charged car you can drive 100 kilometres.

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