1. The Car That Conquered France
  • The Car That Conquered France

    May 13, 2016
    By Kevin Hoffman/3M Storyteller
    The Bluecar, on display by Bolloré as part of the popular Autolib program. The Bluecar, on display by Bolloré as part of the popular Autolib program. The Bluecar, on display by Bolloré as part of the popular Autolib program.

    The Car That
    Conquered France

    As urban planners increasingly look to go carless, they may want to cast their eyes to Paris, where the Bluecar has captured the auto-sharing market. Bolloré began deploying the Bluecar in 2011 as part of the popular Autolib program and now maintains a fleet of more than 2,000 of the all-electric dynamos. The three-door hatchback has a range of 160 miles in the city. One secret of its success is a Lithium Metal Polymer battery located under the passenger seat. “LMP battery technology provides up to four times the energy density of lead-acid batteries commonly used in the automotive industry,” explains Abel Ebongue, a technical service specialist at 3M France. Little wonder the $25,000 Bluecar was France’s top-selling highway-capable electric car in 2012. And it’s not just Europe that’s going green – the next stop for the car-sharing program is Indianapolis.

    The Car That Conquered France

    As urban planners increasingly look to go carless, they may want to cast their eyes to Paris, where the Bluecar has captured the auto-sharing market. Bolloré began deploying the Bluecar in 2011 as part of the popular Autolib program and now maintains a fleet of more than 2,000 of the all-electric dynamos. The three-door hatchback has a range of 160 miles in the city. One secret of its success is a Lithium Metal Polymer battery located under the passenger seat. “LMP battery technology provides up to four times the energy density of lead-acid batteries commonly used in the automotive industry,” explains Abel Ebongue, a technical service specialist at 3M France. Little wonder the $25,000 Bluecar was France’s top-selling highway-capable electric car in 2012. And it’s not just Europe that’s going green – the next stop for the car-sharing program is Indianapolis.

    Bolloré Photo Credit