French firms Renault and Bolloré have agreed to join forces to promote EVs through three separate agreements:
- The Bolloré Group has commissioned Renault to take over assembly of the Bluecar, which was formerly built in Italy. The vehicles will be assembled at the Renault plant in Dieppe beginning in the second half of 2015. The Dieppe plant specializes in building vehicles in small series. A new final assembly workshop will be set up within the plant to build Bolloré’s Bluecar.
- The two groups will set up a joint venture to deploy electric car-sharing solutions in Europe. Renault will hold a 30% interest, and Bolloré will own 70%. As part of the agreement, customers using car-sharing networks in Lyon (Bluely) and Bordeaux (Bluecub) can now choose a Renault Twizy, in addition to the Bluecar. Renault vehicles will be gradually integrated with the car-sharing fleet to reach a proportion of 30%.
- Renault will conduct a feasibility survey on the development of a smaller version of the existing Bluecar (three seats instead of four), suitable for the expansion of car-sharing initiatives. The new EV will ship with a Blue Solutions lithium-metal-polymer (LMP) battery with a capacity of 20 kWh.