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According to Engadget (This article and its images were originally posted on Engadget November 9, 2018 at 05:51AM.)
Residents of Paris and its suburbs may soon have access to up to 20,000 electric bicycles. Public transit company Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) is launching an e-bike renting scheme called Véligo with 10,000 e-bikes to start with. If that works out, IDFM will expand to 20,000, which would make it the world’s largest electric bike rental system.
The aim is to reduce car use and, by extension, pollution in the French capital. Véligo will compliment Paris’ Vélib’ bike-sharing program, but unlike Vélib’s hourly rentals and docking system, Véligo bikes will be rented for €40 per month and can be kept by users at home. As with metro passes in in the Paris region, employers can cover half the costs, leaving users with just a €20 monthly bill.
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