From September 2 to 19 2015, the capital of Congo hosted the 11th edition of the All-Africa Games, with 55 African nations and 15,000 athletes competing across all disciplines. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Games, first held in 1965, this was a major event for the country and the whole continent.
To mark the occasion, Bolloré Group, in partnership with the State of Qatar, launched Bluecongo to support Congo’s ambition to have technologies addressing its needs for sustainable economic development.
100% renewable energy, eco-friendly vehicles
With its expertise in electricity storage, Bolloré Group was able to deploy an all-electric fleet of 50 cars and 14 buses, for use by the All-Africa Games Organisation Committee. All the vehicles are equipped with LMP (Lithium Metal Polymer) batteries, a technology developed by Bolloré Group via its Blue Solutions subsidiary. This unique process offers a power storage capability that is remarkable for its power, high energy density and operational safety levels. It offers incomparable autonomy and a working life in excess of 3,000 charge cycles.
To provide the power for this fleet of electric vehicles, 4 solar plants each with a production capacity of 180 kWh and 80 recharging terminals were installed at the sports complex used for the games at Kintelé.
A premiere in Congo!
The innovation was welcomed with open arms by the members of the COJA, who were delighted by the ease of use of the new means of transport. The highlight of the service came during the cycling road race events: Bluecongo offered the COJA a fleet of 23 electric vehicles for use by the national teams in competition for the continent’s top prizes. The new approach harnessed an eco-friendly sport, cycling, with a pollution-free vehicle. A great result for the Bluecongo project!
Bluecongo: key facts and figures
An all-electric fleet of 50 cars and 14 buses
70 drivers hired and trained
80 recharging terminals installed at the Games site
190,000 people travelled on Bluebuses and Bluecars through the duration of the Games