The Groupe Renault Dieppe plant in northern France has started assembling Bolloré’s all-electric city car Bluecar, from bodies and parts brought in by Bolloré. This is in line with the partnership agreement between the two companies of 9 September 2014. (Earlier post.)
Groupe Bolloré is phasing in assembly by Groupe Renault of the Bluecar model, previously only made in Italy.
The Dieppe plant, which dates to 1969, specializes in small production runs. It currently makes Clio RS 200 EDC and competition vehicles. A dedicated assembly shop has been set up within the plant to handle the work on Bluecar, and will eventually employ thirty people. This provides Bolloré with access to a modern production system tailored to its needs.
The Bluecar is a two-door, four-seat vehicle equipped with a 35 kW nominal (50 kW peak) electric motor powered by a 30 kWh Lithium polymer battery pack. Range on the city cycle is 250 km (155 miles) and on the highway cycle is 150 km (93 miles). Top speed is electronically limited to 120 km/h (75 mph).