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Paris’s electric bikes are off the grid and running out of power
Two thirds of the French capital’s electric bike hire stations are inexplicably not connected to the general grid yet, rendering the docked bikes unusable when the batteries run out.
Since the re-launch of the capital’s emblematic Vélib rental bike system, the network and its new operators, Franco-Spanish firm Smovengo, have been embroiled in enough scandal and mockery to leave many Parisians yelling “on your bike!”.

The latest setback, as reported by French TV news station BFMTV on Monday, is that two thirds of the newly installed bike stations are actually not connected to the electric grid…
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