The Pininfarina / Bollore electric car project was said to be "going as planned" despite the tragic death of Andrea Pininfarina. who was overseeing the operation around which the Italian design company was being financially restructured. Addressing a press conference, Bollore head Vincent Bollore attempted to calm any fears saying, "We are in the condition to produce at industrial levels." Paolo Pininfarina was chosen to replace his brother and also reaffirmed the company's restructuring intenti
Vincent Bolloré and Patrick Gruau signed an agreement last February to develop electric, hybrid and ICE versions of the the Gruau Microbus. €10 million will be invested in the joint venture. The Microbus Gruau Électrique will use Bolore's lithium-polymer batteries as well as ultracapacitors developed by Batscap, a Bolloré subsidiary. The electric Microbus will hit the marketplace during the second half of 2009.