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- Electric cars shown in a field in France are from a fleet of a car-sharing service that failed. The cars are being resold or sold for parts.
A viral Facebook post that questions whether "we need to go green" shows rows of electric cars in a field in France, and claims the runty two-doors were abandoned simply because their batteries had worn out and were too expensive to replace.
The post, which features photographs of what appear to be dozens of identical vehicles, says:
"This is a boneyard near Paris, France with hundreds of electric powered cars. Mind you these are only cars used by the City of Paris and not personal vehicles. All of these have the same issue .... the battery storage cells have given out and need (to be) replaced. Why not just replace them you ask? Well two reasons. First the battery storage cells cost almost double what the vehicle cost new, and second no landfill or disposals will allow the batteries to be disposed of there. So these green fairy tale electric cars are all sitting in vacant lots while their batteries drain toxins into the ground. Still think we need to go green??? Very interesting."
Facebook, post, May 16, 2021
Snopes, "Were These Electric Cars Abandoned Because Their Batteries Failed?", May 16, 2021
France Televisions, "What will become of the cumbersome Autolib 'piled up in the "cemetery" of Romorantin?", April 5, 2021
France Televisions, "Ile-de-France: the Autolib 'service will stop on July 31, after a gradual closure of the stations," June 25, 2018
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