A car-sharing scheme was first introduced in La Rochelle in 1999 in the framework of the LISELEC project. The LISELEC agency operated a fleet of 50 electric cars, available from seven pick-up stations every day of the week. Subscribers paid for car hire according to usage time and mileage totalled during the month.
Despite encouraging results, this scheme proved limited in terms of scope and functionality, and major technical difficulties with the operating equipment meant that service of a satisfactory quality could not be ensured.
The measure was therefore designed to implement a new system using new technologies, adapted for use in medium-sized towns.