On June 10, 2013, Mayor Ballard and the Bolloré Group announced that Indianapolis has been selected as the site for the largest electric car share program in the United States.
Bolloré identified Indianapolis as the ideal U.S. location because of the Mayor’s Energy Security Initiative announcement in December and the leadership of Energy Systems Network to expand electric vehicle adoption.
Bolloré plans to invest approximately $35 million to launch an all-electric vehicle sharing program in the city this year. The system will feature up to 500 electric vehicles and up to 1,000 charging stations at approximately 200 locations. The service is anticipated in launch later this year.
The program is based around short, one-way rentals, unlike some other U.S. models which require the user to return the vehicle where they rented it. Users pay a membership fee (daily, monthly or annually) and receive an RFID card. When they wish to rent a vehicle, they reserve a car online or at a dedicated car share kiosk, unlock the car charger with their card and then swipe the card on the windshield, which unlocks the car and allows them to drive. The in-car GPS allows the user to reserve a parking spot with a charging station near their destination. Once they arrive, they will plug in the vehicle, and the transaction is complete. Users can then reserve another vehicle for their next trip, if needed.
As announced by the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) on August 21, 2014, theOUCC, IPL and the City of Indianapolis have entered into an agreement that includes a variety of improvements to the BlueIndy proposal. In the agreement, all three parties join together to ask the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to approve the ammended proposal.
The EDTA has selected Indianapolis to host its 2014 Conference & Annual Meeting, a three-day convergence that will bring in more than 1,200 attendees from across the U.S. and generate more than $1 million in economic impact for Central Indiana.
The EDTA is the preeminent U.S. industry association dedicated to the promotion of electric drive as the best means to achieve the highly efficient and clean use of secure energy in the transportation sector. EDTA promotes sustainable commercialization of all electric drive transportation technologies by providing in-depth information, education, industry networking and public policy advocacy. [MORE]
On November 20, 2013, Indianapolis received the international "E-Visionary" award from the World Electric Vehicle Association to honor the City and Mayor Ballard for our efforts to expand electric mobility and reduce the U.S. dependence on oil during its 27th Annual Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (EVS27). Previous winners include: Los Angeles, Lisbon, Seoul and Seattle. [MORE]
BlueIndy car share announcement
Mayor Ballard's Energy Security Initiative
Press release announcing car share
What Others Are Saying
Read Mayor Ballard's remarks from the announcement
On April 9, 2014 at the request of Mayor Ballard, IPL filed a petition with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to request approval of the electric vehicle sharing program.
To access the documents filed with the IURC:
Access IURC's Electronic Document System.