Indianapolis’ Electric Car Program ‘Blue Indy’

Indianapolis’ Electric Car Program ‘Blue Indy’ Looks to Have 125-Vehicle Fleet by End of Year

“French investment and industrial holding company Bollore Group will invest $35 million in creating its “Blue Indy” program in Indianapolis to promote electric cars and advanced batteries.

Vincent Bollore, founder of the company, said in a telephone interview that the program will start within eight months and that it will use 500 Bluecars and 1,000 charging stations, according to Automotive News.

“We thought it would be good to start with a medium-size” U.S. city, Bollore said. “We want to show the electric car is the best solution for the future.”

“Members” of Blue Indy will be able to swipe at one of 25 initial stations in the city and “borrow” a car to get to different destinations, WTHR reported.

“You only pay for the part that you use,” said Marc Lotter, spokesman for Mayor Greg Ballard. “As soon as you plug into your destination your rental stops and you don’t have to worry about filling it up with gas because it’s all electric. You don’t have to worry about returning it where you first picked it up.”

Indianapolis is looking to have 125 electric cars in its fleet by this year’s end, with students, businesses and downtown residents being the service’s biggest users.

“People who don’t want to own a second car or who can’t afford a car can use one of these, take it to the store, take it to an appointment,” Lotter said. “

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