Indianapolis Switching to Non-Oil City Cars
Indianapolis is the first U.S. city to require the purchase of either electric vehicles (EV) or plug-in hybrid vehicles for the city's non-police fleet. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on December 12 signed an executive order aimed at modernizing the entire city fleet to EV or plug-in hybrids by 2025. The city fleet of approximately 500 non-police cars will be replaced, as needed, saving taxpayers approximately $12,000 per vehicle over the 10-year life cycle of each car.
In addition, the city is currently working with partner organizations including Energy Systems Network and finance experts to convert the city's heavy fleet, including snow plows, trash trucks, and fire apparatus to CNG. Also, the city is seeking to partner with one or more automakers to develop a plug-in hybrid police vehicle that meets the safety, power, electronic and range needs of a modern urban police force. See the Indianapolis press release.