INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indianapolis leaders are charged up about a one-of-a-kind electric car sharing program on its way to Indianapolis. The new system is powered by an investment from a French Company.
Electric cars and electric charging stations will be popping up all over downtown Indianapolis the next couple of years. You will be able to use both, even if you don't plan to spend the money to buy a vehicle of your own.
"Right out of the gate, Indianapolis will have the largest all electric car share program in the United States," Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said Monday at the announcement.
The city will be investing $35 million in French company Bollore, which will try and copy the success of it's Paris electric vehicle ride-sharing program. In Indy, they plan to use 500 cars and open 200 rental locations with about 1,200 charging stations.
Herve Muller is representing the company here in Indianapolis.
"This is a private investment. So we are bringing the technology, the cars, the charging stations, the software and the operation center behind it to make it happen," he says.
The program is based on short one-way rentals. Users will pay a membership fee. In Paris, it's $16 a month, though the cost here hasn't yet been determined. Then, users will pay to use the vehicle. in Paris, 20 minutes costs about $4.50. You can just swipe your membership card on the bar code on the vehicle and take off.
Muller says, "We have a monitoring software that's telling us where the cars are, which user is using them. We are monitoring the charging stations, we are monitoring the rental kiosks," he says.
"It's designed to enhance not hurt the city's mass transit system," says Ron Gifford of the Indy Transit Task Force.
"With this car share all of a sudden you can take the bus, get to work and if a meeting came up, if you had to go pick up a child, now you've got a car available to you at a very low cost," Gifford said.
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