Presented as a real revolution in mobility, the Autolib car-sharing service quickly turned into a fiasco. Removed from the streets of Paris in the summer of 2018, Bolloré’s Bluecars have also been abandoned in Lyon and Bordeaux more recently. Many of them are now living a new life in the hands of owners with often limited budgets. The Breton company Autopuzz has in fact specialized in the resale of these vehicles at low prices, with some success.
“« Last year, we sold about 1,800, at 80 % from individuals ” welcomes Quentin Mezerette, the company’s sales manager.“
“Thanks to the various aids, the last painted Bluecars that we recovered in September from Bordeaux and Lyon even went like hot cakes, especially in December. “
Hundreds of Bluecars on a wasteland
Vehicles stored without battery
Even if he denounces a “Real mess” in the long and interesting article he devoted to the subject, the blogger refuses to fall into catastrophism and play the game of anti-electric cars. He noted in particular that the batteries had been removed, making it possible to rule out a risk of fire, the ecological consequences of which could have been dramatic. The fate of these Bluecar, often vandalized, however remains rather unclear. Autopuzz does sell, on leboncoin, a non-rolling lot intended for professionals and based in Romorantin. But this barely includes more than a hundred units. It is stored elsewhere, in an asphalt parking lot, and only represents a marginal activity for the Breton company. The burden of recycling hundreds of other copies therefore seems to be the responsibility of another company specializing in this field, Atis Production, which we unfortunately did not manage to reach.
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