The city of Indianapolis, home of the world famous 103-year-old Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has announced plans to migrate a large swath of its vehicle fleet to electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles.
Mayor Greg Ballard signed an executive order Wednesday mandating the city to purchase PHEVs or EVs for the non-police vehicle fleet. Plans call for the entire city fleet to electric or plug-in hybrid by 2025.
The city says the order makes Indianapolis the first municipality in the country to require the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles for the city’s non-police fleet. Central Indiana currently has more than 200 charging stations according to a statement by the city.
Mayor Ballard said the city wants to help the country reduce its dependence on foreign oil.
“The United States’ current transportation energy model, driven by oil, exacts an enormous cost financially and in terms of strategic leverage,” Ballard said in a statement. “Our oil dependence in some cases places the fruits of our labor into the hands of dictators united against the people of the United States.”
Approximately 500 non-police fleet cars will be replaced as needed, said the city, saving taxpayers approximately $12,000 per vehicle over the ten-year life cycle of each car. The city is currently working with Energy Systems Network and finance experts to convert the city’s heavy fleet, including snowplows, trash trucks and fire vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG).
Indianapolis 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.
According to Indianapolis officials, if a plug-in hybrid electric car could achieve 40 mpg and meet the needs of police officers, city taxpayers would save up to $10 million per year. Current city police vehicles average 10 mpg, said the city.