Elior Group, a catering and foodservice company, has chosen to integrate the Bluecar, Bolloré’s all-electric city vehicle, into its car fleet.
This partnership enables Elior Group to shift to electric vehicles (EVs) by giving its employees access to the Bluecar, a four-seater EV powered by a lithium metal polymer battery. Created and developed by Bolloré Group’s subsidiary Blue Solutions, this technology aims to ensure maximum safety, reliability and performance.
According to Elior Group, this initiative is part of the continuous improvement approach underpinning the Elior Group’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy – the Positive Foodprint Plan.
As of May 2017, 10 Bluecars with an autonomy of 250 km will be tested by staff members who are employed at Elior Group, Elior or Elior Services and are interested in taking part in the project. The program will then be offered to all staff members willing to take part in the operation, primarily in the Paris region. Employees wishing to participate will have access to a network of 6,200 recharge terminals.
In the Paris region, Elior Group has a fleet of 400 cars in the non-refrigerated vehicle category. As reported, tests will be carried out over a 20-month period to enable staff members using Bluecars to give feedback and foster the development of this EV offer.
“We are proud of the partnership we have forged with the Bolloré Group, which will enable us to integrate EVs into our vehicle fleet,” Elior Group Chairman and CEO Philippe Salle says.
“Within the context of our Positive Foodprint Plan CSR strategy, our aim is to conduct our business in a responsible manner, by promoting car-sharing and participating in the fight against pollution, notably in Paris,” he explains. “Integrating the Bluecar in our car fleet has enabled us to take a step further towards reducing our carbon footprint and meeting environmental protection challenges.”