Chamonix are currently testing a new eco-friendly 100% electric bus in an effort to combat pollution, between 6-21 March they are hoping the trial run will help developments in reducing their carbon footprint.
Currently there are only 20 of these Electric ‘Bluebuses’ in existance, all of them running in Paris until now! The 75 seater bus measures 12 metres long and runs off 8 batteries, manufactured by a company called Bolloré. The 300kg batteries apparently last 8-10 years and when they have reached the end of their lifespan, they are 90% recyclable.
We are told that Chamonix are running a service test only on the route Le Tour – Grands Montets, evidently this short but demanding route will demonstrate whether the Bluebus is capable of handling the rigours of a ski resorts mountainous roads.
We contacted Bolloré to gain a more detailed insight into the electric bus being tested
The 12 metre Bluebus is a clean public transport solution, for urban use and with a capacity of 100 passengers. 100% electric, it is equipped with LMP® batteries, giving it a range of between 180 and 250 kilometres. It shares the same features as the 6 metre Bluebus: deceleration energy recovery, roof-mounted batteries, reduced-mobility access. This Bluebus is built at the Blue Solutions site in Ergué-Gabéric, in Brittany, France. The new plant dedicated to the bus was inaugurated on 15 January 2016 following an investment of €40 million. Annual production capacity is 200 12 metre Bluebuses. RATP, the Paris public transport operator, has chosen Bluebus for a first 100% electric line to be launched in 2016, as part of its bus fleet’s transition to 100% electric.
With the testing, and likely introduction of Bluebus on the Chamonix Bus network they are demonstrating a real commitment to decarbonised mobility and in compliance with the Air Quality Plan for the Chamonix valley. It is hoped that a successful test will lead to the integration of electric buses throughout the fleet of Chamonix Bus, by 2020.