PSA Peugeot Citroën Will Produce Bluesummer For Bolloré Group
PSA Peugeot Citroën and Bolloré Group signed a strategic cooperation agreement, which includes distribution and production of electric cars Bluesummer as well as carsharing.
A four-seat cabriolet Bluesummer was developed by Bolloré for car sharing schemes, just like the older brother Bluecar. Range of the cars stand at about 200 km (124 miles).
Production of the cars will begin in September at PSA plant in Rennes with installed capacity of 15 vehicles per day for a maximum of 3,500 vehicles per year.
Earlier, Bolloré ordered production of Bluecars by Renault, who is partnering with Bolloré in car sharing projects.
“To further their commitment to sustainable mobility, the two groups will also cooperate in the area of carsharing – initially in Europe and later via the creation of a joint venture designed to deploy carsharing solutions worldwide using electric vehicles (passenger cars and commercial vehicles), as well as low-emission internal combustion vehicles.
The strategic cooperation agreement leverages the two groups’ respective expertise and experience:
Bolloré is already present in the electric mobility market, having designed and developed several electric vehicles (notably Bluecar, Bluesummer, Bluebus and Bluetram). It also operates an electric vehicle carsharing network in several cities in France (Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux and their outlying towns) and abroad, via dedicated subsidiaries.
PSA Peugeot Citroën has set up various carsharing operations since 2013, with an offer designed for businesses in France and, via its Citroën brand, in Germany (Multicity Berlin). In addition, the Peugeot brand launched a short-term rental offer in 2009 – Mu by Peugeot.”
Carlos Tavares, Chairman of the Managing Board of PSA Peugeot Citroën commented:
“The agreement signed between our two companies reflects the vision that Vincent Bolloré and I share of clean, sustainable mobility solutions that enable us to provide our customers with the freedom to get around, which we consider a fundamental right in today’s society.”
Vincent Bolloré, Chairman and CEO of Bolloré, said:
“We are very proud of this partnership founded on industry, innovation and environmental stewardship. It’s a step forward in the development of mass-market electric vehicles.”