On September 11, 12 and 13, Bluecongo made a fleet of 23 electric vehicles available to COJA for the All-Africa Games road cycling events in Brazzaville. Each of the 22 nations competing for the continent’s title had its own car, while the race commissaire also rode the course in a Bluesummer, the 23rd car.
The Bluecongo electric cars for outstanding range
On Friday 11, Meron Teshome Hagos (Eritrea) won the men’s time trial event over a distance of 62.5 km. The next day it was the women’s turn to take up the challenge and the Namibian Vera Adrian picked up the gold medal. The final men’s event, a 150 km road race, was won by Janvier Hadi from Rwanda. The electric cars offer such outstanding range that the team managers were able to follow their riders through the whole of the event without having to stop for a battery recharge.
Bluecongo supplied two types of electric cars equipped with LMP (Lithium Metal Polymer) batteries, developed by Bolloré Group via its Blue Solutions subsidiary. The batteries are remarkable for their power, high energy density and safety.
For Alain Kouame, President of the Ivorian Cycling Federation, “All-electric support cars are a godsend. The riders are no longer incapacitated by the exhaust fumes they usually have to put up with on road events.”
Maurice Nazaire Mbinga, his Gabonese counterpart, added: “Making these 100% electric vehicles available to accompany the riders is the right strategy. […] I am very satisfied. The spectators and the whole world, like us, are discovering the benefits of the LMP battery.”
“Electric cars to accompany the riders is something we have never seen before in Congo. We’re proud and delighted. It’s another source of motivation. A new departure for Congolese sport, thanks to the sponsoring from Bolloré and the state of Qatar”, underlined Fulgence Ngoumbi, captain of Brazzaville’s cycling team.