Paris withdraws electric buses from Bolloré after two fires

A Bollore Bluebus electric bus is displayed at the Autonomy and Urban Mobility Summit in Paris, France, October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

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PARIS, April 29 (Reuters) – The RATP temporarily suspended the use of 149 electric buses of the Bluebus brand of Bolloré (BOLL.PA) on Friday after the fire of two vehicles.

“The RATP has requested a full report from the manufacturer Bolloré to explain the causes of these incidents,” the public transport company said in a statement.

Officials from the part of Bolloré that makes the Bluebus fleet did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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On Friday, a fully electrified bus caught fire near the French capital’s national library, RATP said in a statement, adding that no passengers were injured.

“Given that this was the second fire recently on an electric bus of the same Bolloré Bluebus 5SE series in less than a month, the RATP took the decision (…) to temporarily withdraw the 149 electric buses” , said the RATP.

Earlier this month, another burning Bluebus vehicle sent a column of thick black smoke into the sky over central Paris on the upscale Boulevard Saint-Germain. Read more

RATP, which runs one of Europe’s busiest public transport networks, said it has 500 electric buses in its fleet of 4,700 vehicles.

RATP electric buses are provided by: Bolloré Bluebus, Alstom (ALSO.PA) and Heuliez Bus from CNH (CNHI.MI).

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Reporting by Tassilo Hummel; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta and David Clarke

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