After a second fire, the RATP withdraws from its fleet 149 Bluebus of the Bolloré brand

Bad news for electric vehicles from the Bolloré brand. On Friday April 29, a fire broke out on a Bluebus on RATP line 71 at 8:05 a.m. The incident occurred near the François Mitterrand Library stop. If no injuries are to be deplored – the bus driver immediately evacuated his passengers – the RATP is concerned that this is the second fire on an electric bus of the same series Bluebus 5SE of the Bolloré brand in less than a month. As a precaution, the Ile-de-France company has decided to withdraw all 149 buses in this series from its fleet.

Expertise requested from Bolloré

During the previous fire on April 4, 2022, the bus also caught fire for no reason. The RATP announced the opening of an investigation to determine the causes of the fire. “The RATP has requested a complete expertise from the manufacturer Bolloré in order to explain the causes of these incidents and propose an action plan to allow these buses to be put back into operation in complete safety”announced the transport manager in a press release.


The 149 buses temporarily put aside will be replaced by old buses, indicates the RATP to L’Usine Nouvelle. “The temporary withdrawal of these buses could cause disruptions on some bus lines during the day, adds the manager in his press release. To limit these disturbances, buses will be redispatched between the different bus centres”. Since 2016, the RATP has been operating electric buses since 2016 without major incident. 4,700 buses are in service, including 500 electric from three different manufacturers. The city of Rennes is also equipped with Bluebus.

Bolloré Bluebuses use a lithium-metal battery. They differ from lithium-iron-phosphate batteries produced in China. The lithium-metal battery technology has been patented by Bolloré.

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