In 2001, on the basis of encouraging results achieved through its R&D program, the Bolloré Group decided to industrialize its activities in this field with the construction of an initial plant at its Pern-Carn site, located in Ergué-Gabéric, near Quimper.
In 2009, with the viability of the technology fully demonstrated, a production line was laid out at the site.
In 2013 the Bolloré Group continued to increase its industrial capacity in battery production, with the new factory in Brittany at the Pern-Carn site, and the Canadian plant in Boucherville that is part of the program.
Blue Solutions has more than 300 researchers, engineers and technicians who manufacture these high technology batteries. Today the annual production capacity is 500 MWh. It could be brought to 1.5 GWh in order to follow the current market dynamic.
In January 2015, Vincent Bolloré, Chairman and CEO of the Bolloré Group, inaugurated a new plant on the Blue Solutions site in Ergué-Gabéric, Brittany, which produces Bluebus 6 meters. This production line represents an investment of 10 million euros.
On the Blue Solutions site of Ergué-Gabéric, the Bolloré Group inaugurated in 2016, the Bluebus plant, which produces the “large format”, 12 meters, 100% electric bus, the first of which was delivered at RATP in 2016.
The construction of this new plant, with an area of 5,000 m2, as well as research and development for the design of the 12-meter bus, represents a total investment of 40 million euros over 2015-2016.
Production started on December 21, 2015 and production capacity will reach 200 Bluebus per year with a 2-team configuration. This new plant will eventually create 150 jobs dedicated to the manufacture of Bluebus 12 meters.
The Bluebus 6 meters and 12 meters are labeled Origine France Garantie, and certified ISO 9001 for the bus as well as for the batteries.