Atos and Bolloré Group launch first 100% electric corporate car fleet
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MyCar - equipped with latest generation of batteries powered by solar energy
Paris, 6 December 2012 - Atos, an international IT services company, and Bolloré
Group, a leading French company, in particular known for stocking electricity
and the creation of the Bluecar and shared car service in France Autolib', today
launched MyCar, the first Atos electric car fleet powered by solar panels.
Produced by the Bolloré Group, these electric Atos branded cars are fully
dedicated to its employees. They are fed by photovoltaic panels, that are
installed at Atos headquarters in the Paris region.
This unique concept will support Atos "Zero carbon" initiative, which objective
is to reduce by 50% Atos carbon footprint by 2015, and will make business travel
for Atos employees easier and more convenient. MyCar forms part of the Atos
Wellbeing @ Work and Corporate responsibility program.
Today's announcement marks the first step in a new international partnership
between Atos and Bolloré, whose aim is to see the MyCar scheme extended to other
Atos offices in France and globally, and to reinforce cooperation bringing
innovative IT services to Bolloré connected cars and energy activities. In the
coming months, the MyCar concept will also be integrated into the Atos "Smart
Campus" offering for clients, in partnership with AOS Studley.
Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO, Atos said: "We are delighted to launch myCar,
an innovative new service for our Atos business technologists, which will make
business travel easier and more convenient. This initiative forms part of our
Wellbeing @ Work programme which I launched in 2010 to ensure we make Atos a
great place to work. MyCar also brings many business benefits helping us to
reduce our travel costs and importantly our carbon footprint, as well as
increase our visibility of our brand on the streets of Paris."
Vincent Bolloré, CEO, Bolloré Group, said: "MyCar is an excellent initiative
from Atos and we are delighted that Bolloré has been chosen as their partner.
Together we can offer Atos employees a convenient, cost effective and
sustainable way to travel to business meetings and events."
For the MyCar pilot launched today at the Atos headquarters in Bezons, Paris
region, the fleet comprises 10 Atos branded cars which for employees will be
very easy and convenient to use. They can simply book a car on the Atos
intranet, pick it up and drive away. Beyond encouraging employees to choose a
more sustainable way to travel for business, MyCar will also reduce time spent
booking travel and taxis as well as the need for expense claims for business
kilometres travelled, taxis and parking. Overall, it will contribute to creating
better working conditions for Atos business technlogists.
The photovoltaic panels that occupy 60m2 at the Bezons site provide, at a first
stage, a power of 12 megawatts/hour to fully charge a vehicle. The goal is to
reach 60 megawatts/hour in the course of next year.
Bolloré Group will provide the cars and access to the 750 Autolib stations and
more than 3500 charging terminals located in Paris and in 46 communities around
Paris. The batteries used by MyCar are the latest generation of batteries: LMP
technology (Lithium Metal Polymer) developed by the Bolloré Group after 20 years
of research. These batteries combine simplicity, safety, performance and
environmental protection. They require no maintenance and offer an exceptional
energy density,full user safety and autonomy of 250 km in the city and 150 km on
the highway. An innovation which will help counter climate change and also
support the increasing trend for smart cities. In a near future, the batteries
could be considered as possible sources of decentralised energy, which will
supplement the power from traditional power stations.
In the near future, the batteries could also offer various stationary
applications, for storing electrical energy supplied by the network, or energy
from photovoltaic or wind origin to redistribute in time of peaks or shortages.
Atos is providing the Smart Grid solutions to manage in real time the energy
produced and consumed in running the MyCar Project. It will also provide the
opportunity for Atos Worldgrid, to run research programmes to further develop
and improve the Atos Smart Metering solutions.
The Atos Ambition Zero Carbon program includes other programmes such as the eco-
efficient datacenters, carbon neutral IT services, renewable energy sourcing
policy and high energy performant offices. In 2012, Atos sustainability
programs have been top A+ certified by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Atos also entered the European Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).
Atos is an international information technology services company with annual
2011 pro forma revenue of EUR 8.5 billion and 74,000 employees in 48 countries.
Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services,
consulting and managed services. With its deep technology expertise and industry
knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors:
Manufacturing, Retail, Services; Public, Health & Transports; Financial
Services; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Energy & Utilities. Atos is focused on
business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their
firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the
Olympic and Paralympics Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos
operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Atos
Worldline and Atos Worldgrid. For more information, visit: atos.net
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