Paris transport operator RATP has quickly withdrawn Bolloré model electrical buses from operation after two separate bus fires. On Friday, 29 April, a hearth broke out on a bus on line 71, in direction of the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand cease (Paris, 13th arrondissement). The bus driver instantly evacuated the passengers. There aren’t any accidents.
Firefighters responded in a short time and as a security measure, the François Mitterrand Library station, situated close by, was closed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
An investigation is underway to find out the causes of the incident. As this was the second hearth on an electrical bus of the identical Bluebus 5SE collection of the Bolloré model in lower than a month, the RATP has made the choice as a precautionary measure, in liaison with Ile-de-France Mobilités, to withdraw from operation the 149 electrical buses on this collection.
RATP has requested Bolloré to elucidate the causes of those incidents and suggest an motion plan to permit these buses to be put again into operation in full security.
RATP famous that the short-term withdrawal of those buses may trigger disruptions on some bus traces throughout the day. To restrict these disturbances, buses will probably be redispatched between the totally different bus facilities.
RATP has been working electrical buses since 2016 with out main incident. The corporate operates a fleet of 4,700 buses, together with 500 electrical buses from 3 totally different producers.
Every 12-meter Bluebus is supplied with six solid-state LMP (Lithium Steel Polymer) battery packs, a know-how combining excessive power density and optimum security, offering as much as 320 kilometers drive, in line with the producer.
This know-how has been developed throughout the Bollorè group by Blue Options, and is being adopted by Daimler on the eCitaro as effectively. These batteries are solely produced within the Bolloré vegetation situated in Brittany.