Malaysia is set to impose a B10 biodiesel mandate beginning in October. The country will use about a million metric tons of crude palm oil per year to make the new biofuel diesel blend according to Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, up from the 700,000 metric tons currently used to make the B7 blend. Malaysia has had a B7 mandate in place since late last year. Read more from The Star.
Renault will begin assembly of the Bolloré Bluecar at its plant in Dieppe, France. Following an agreement made in September 2014, Renault will build the electric city car from parts provided by Bolloré at the factory in Normandy. The Bluecar was formerly only made in Italy. Renault's Dieppe plant currently makes the Clio RS 200 EDC and competition vehicles, and specializes in small production runs. "Bluecar is a great additional business opportunity for the Dieppe plant, and we appreciate Bolloré's trust in Renault Groupe's capability to meet their exacting quality and response-time demands," says Renault Groupe Dieppe director Laurent Delannay. Read more at Green Car Congress, or in the press release below.
• The Renault Groupe plant in Dieppe is starting assembly of Bolloré's Bluecar.
• Renault and Bolloré are stepping up electric vehicle cooperation following the partnership agreement of 9 September 2014.
Industrial cooperation agreement
In June 2015, the Groupe Renault Dieppe plant in northern France starts assembling the all-electric city car Bluecar, from bodies and parts brought in by Bolloré. Groupe Bolloré is phasing in assembly by Groupe Renault of its Bluecar model, previously only made in Italy. At Dieppe, the agreement is warmly welcomed for its positive impact on employment and as a sign of recognition of the plant's capabilities and know-how.
Renault Dieppe, specialists in small production runs
The Dieppe plant, which dates to 1969, specializes in small production runs. It currently makes Clio RS 200 EDC and competition vehicles. A dedicated assembly shop has been set up within the plant to handle the work on Bluecar, and will eventually employ thirty people. This provides Bolloré with access to a modern production system tailored to its needs.
For Renault Groupe Dieppe director Laurent Delannay:
« Bluecar is a great additional business opportunity for the Dieppe plant, and we appreciate Bolloré's trust in Renault Groupe's capability to meet their exacting quality and response-time demands. » Laurent Delannay
Opened May 1969
Headcount : 280 employees
Production : more than 400,000 vehicles since opening
Model : Clio R.S. 200 EDC, one-seaters, Renault competition vehicles
Length 3.65 m ; Width 1.70 m ; Height 1.61 m ; Boot volume : 350 dm3
More than 4,500 Bluecars on the road in France since end of 2011.