Indianapolis hopes to set an example for the rest of the country
Mayor Greg Ballard announced Wednesday his plan to change the fleet of city vehicles to electric plug-ins and non-oil fuel vehicles by 2025.
The plan calls for replacing current cars and vehicles with electric or plug-in hybrids as needed. The city will purchase Compressed Natural Gas for the city’s trash trucks and snow plows.
Mayor Ballard said electric or hybrid non-police fleet vehicles will save taxpayers $12,000 during the ten-year lifespan of each car.
City leaders and the Indianapolis Metro Police Department will also work with the country’s automakers to create a hybrid police cruiser. Currently, police cruisers get between eight and ten miles per gallon.
“When it comes to police cars, the auto industry has yet to produce a plug-in hybrid that meets the needs of officers in terms of space, engine power, range and safety. We want Indianapolis to help the auto makers to get there quickly,” Ballard said.
He said the initiative goes beyond energy efficiency—it’s also about national security. Ballard served in the Gulf War and said he believes U.S. dependence on foreign oil is costly and dangerous to the future of the country.
“As a mayor, as a marine, as a Gulf War veteran, as a father and as a citizen, I hope that by our action Indianapolis can begin to change the course of the last 40 years. I ask that other cities, states and companies follow in our footsteps and that the federal government rises to the occasion,” Ballard said.
The city created a coalition to achieve the post-oil plan. Energy Systems Network has already installed more than 200 charging stations for electric cars. Indianapolis Power and Light agreed to install charging units in city fleet garages. Simon Property Group, Eli Lilly and IU Health also committed their support to the initiative.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times