Bolloré to Expand Battery Production Capacity to 5,000 Packs Annually

4 years ago by Mark Kane 6

Bolloré lithium-metal-polymer battery pack

Bolloré lithium-metal-polymer battery pack

Bolloré Bluecar

Bolloré Bluecar

According to the French press, Bolloré is expanding its Ergué-Gabéric battery plant in north-western France.

After adding a second production line, which will require an investment of €250 million, production capacity of lithium-metal-polymer batteries will double to approximately 5,000 packs annually.

The number of employees should gradually increase from 160 currently to 250. The factory in Ergué-Gabéric is one of two for Bolloré – with the other being in Canada.

Bolloré batteries are used in Bluecars (range of up to 150 miles) and the Bluebuses that belong to Blue Solutions business, a firm that soon will go on the stock market.

With a growing number of carsharing businesses cloned from Autolib and a new agreement with Renault, Bolloré seems to be deeply involved in EVs.

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6 responses to "Bolloré to Expand Battery Production Capacity to 5,000 Packs Annually"

  1. alainl007 says:

    Hello,

    “A firm that soon will go on the stock market”????????? A joke?? :-)) On what planet?
    You don’t know the problems of LMP batteries?
    Consumption non-stop 24/7 to keep its operating temperature at 80° to 90°C!!!!!!
    No one want to buy it!!!!

    Good road with EV.

    1. Cavaron says:

      NaCl-Batteries (like in the mid version of the electric Berlingo or Th!nk) do have a higher consumption (temperature about 400°C, needs about 80W/hour), also the Model S battery pack has a “vampire” power drain (even a little higher I assume, I heard between 4 and 7 kwh a night, should be reduced to about 1 or 2 after an update, if I got those numbers right) for temperature management. That doesn’t seem to be much of a problem. What we need is a cheap and durable battery.

      1. Paul says:

        What I have read here (http://www.moteurnature.com/actu/uneactu.php?news_id=27122) is that a Bolloré Bluecar’s battery is empty after 48 hours if it’s not connected to a socket. Not only does it mean these cars are not for practical personal use, it also means they are not ecological. Using electricity for driving cars, okay, but using (that much) electricity just for keeping them drivable is nonsense. This kind of waste, sold in the name of a cleaner future, should be outlawed.

      2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

        Model S battery pack doesn’t have vampire drain. It’s the car’s other systems that cause the drain. As you noted from v5.0 there’s a sleep mode that reduces it and they’re continuing to work on it.

  2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

    e250M to add production of 2,500 packs per year?
    That’s e100,000 per (pack/year)!

    That is completely, insanely uneconomical!

    For reference Panasonic’s 18650 cell factories are about $4/(cell/yr), or $28,400/(85kWh Model S/year).
    The Model S battery manufacturing on top of that is nowhere near as expensive to set up.

    1. @ItsNotAboutTheMoney think you’re confusing numbers; ‘buying’ cells vs ‘making’ cells for battery pack.

      If €250M (investment for building and equipment; not battery materials) was financed at %4 over 10 years would equal loan payments of ~€300000 per year. This would average to ~€60 per pack. (excluding labor, raw materials, utilities, etc.)