BOLLORÉ STARTS PRODUCTION OF 12 METER BLUEBUS
The new plant is situated in the small French town of Ergué-Gabéric in Bretagne, only the 12-meter bus will be manufactured here. Bolloré keeps the small people movers in their productionprogram too. For both vehicles Bolloré is co-operating with bodybuilder Gruau. Twenty-two units of these buses have been ordered meanwhile by the Parisian transport operator RATP.
Gruau Microbus, which is the base of this operation, is a small company formed by the alliance between Groupe Gruau and Groupe Bolloré. These are two industrial French family-run but with a past of more than a century. Gruau was established in 1889 as a body builder, but s now also a specialist manufacturer of passenger minibuses and vehicles for people with a reduced mobility. Bolloré was established in 1822, developing into an important fuel merchant, but now also produces batteries and supercapacitors. These units are installed in the electric versions of the Bolloré Gruau midibuses and in the 12-meter bus.
The Microbus of Gruau in its electric version is equipped with an electric motor (35 kW) and BatScap lithium batteries (three packs of 400 volts). This vehicle has an action radius of 120 kilometers, it takes about eight hours to recharge the batteries. The maximum speed is 50 kmh on a level surface.
The Gruau Microbus is manufactured in St Berthevin in the Loire region, at the factory of the Group Gruau. The BatScap batteries are coming from the Ergué-Gabéric plant.