Since February, BlueIndy electric car-sharing service has been stuck in a state of uncertainty, but this past week BlueIndy and the city of Indianapolis have reached an agreement to close a $13 million deficit to get the service up and running.
The agreement stated that Bolloré, the French company that owns the service will pitch in $6 million, providing a total $40 million commitment, while the city offers $6 million from parking meter revenues, all in order to help construct charging stations.
While this is good news for BlueIndy, a council leader said that he wasn’t too fond of Mayor Greg Ballard’s inappropriate usage of infrastructure dollars for a “boondoggle,” as he put it according to the INDYSTAR.
“This is outrageous, this is the second time he’s done this” said Public Works Committee Chairman Adamson, speaking in reference to Ballard’s spending $5 million in infrastructure money on a sports and cricket complex.
Adamson also went on to say that parking meter dollars are solely to be spent on infrastructure improvements in metered zones, and that electric cars don’t count as that.
Further stating that his committee had already authorized a list of specific projects like curb repair, but now, as presumed by INDYSTAR, won’t be able to be accomplished due to the money being used for the electric car program instead.
Spokeswoman for the Mayor, Jen Pittman, in response to the objections said, that because the public can use these charging stations to charge their own vehicles, the parking meter dollars are being correctly used on infrastructure. She also added that the 12 planned charging stations are in metered zones, or at least in areas leading up to metered zones.
The President of BlueIndy Herve Muller is stated on saying that construction for these 12 charging stations, with five charges a piece, is likely to ensue within a few weeks with a projected opening of summer 2015.
“I think we could have a grand opening in July,” Muller said.
Muller also mentioned that cost of charging for these stations for public usage will be $1.50 per hour, and that it will take roughly 8-12 hours to obtain a full 0-100 percent charge.
The car sharing service itself will cost $15 per hour, and the cars themselves will dropped off at another charging station when finished.
The program is mostly meant for those who don’t have access to a vehicle, yet are simply attempting to run short errands.