Gruau expands its range of electric vehicles. Although these products represent only 2% of the commercial vehicles transformed by the industrial bodybuilder, the range is now present in the main segments in which the group is active.
Patrick Gruau, President of the Laval-based group, cites in particular the 6 Master vehicles built for the Fleury-Merogis penitentiary center, as well as vehicles for patrol duty. The group’s electric range also includes light medical vehicles such as the Skoda Enyaq, as well as VSAVs (fire department ambulances).
The advent of low-emission zones is also driving the electrification of vehicles in the refrigerated and medicine delivery segments. Gruau subsidiary Labbé has also converted 50 Gamme D vehicles with Renault Trucks. The group is also present in public works segments and even in the niche of electric mobile offices for the banking sector. Gruau has forecast sales of €225 million for 2022, down 5% in a French market that has shrunk by 19%.
But Patrick Gruau anticipates growth of around 25% this year, thanks to contracts with
major manufacturers, notably for mobile police vehicles, and another for motorcycle conversions.
The Group, which employs 1,400 people at 16 sites, plans to fill 100 new positions this year, with the largest contingents being sought at the Le Mans and Laval sites.