Electric Mobility in Indy



know I have probably bored most of you with how geeked out I am on Indianapolis

right now and the cool initiatives that are happening around the city that make

me feel that way. But I have found yet another reason to really love what local

Hoosiers are doing in order to improve the city.


all know I have harped on the transit issue long enough, and when the "powers

that be" said "no" to the transit bill and now another "no"

to the sidewalk and infrastructure bond issue, I, like many others, have become disheartened

to the point of frustration and decided to devote my time and thoughts to other



a day after the transit bill was put on hold (again), I bought a car. This came

partially from the disheartened feeling and partially because I took a new job

in the "'burbs," but, after two years of

being car-free, I had to make the purchase.I looked into a strategic plan for car sharing and got on

board with on demand ride-share services such as Uber

and Lyft, but it just was not going to work for me.


shopping for a car, my heart and mind went instantly to an electric vehicle.

Though, personally an electric vehicle is not quite suitable for my lifestyle

(I went with a hybrid), I long for the day that the technology and capability

will be able to takeover the driving scene and we will stop spending tax money

on parking garages and interstate upgrades and start installing charging

stations, expanding buses and developing transportation alternatives instead.


it doesn't look too far off.


the order that Mayor Greg Ballard signed in December, stating that the entire

municipal fleet become electric or plug-in hybrid by 2025,

Indianapolis received some much-needed national attention. The Mayor's support

and the attention it gave us allowed Project Plug-IN, an electric car-charging

infrastructure deployment initiative developed by the nonprofit Energy Systems

Network, to begin making Indianapolis one of the most electric vehicle-friendly

sites in the U.S.


in June, NUVO reported that the international development company, Bolloré Group, chose to invest roughly

$35 million to launch the largest electric vehicle car-sharing program in the



here in Central Indiana.


next year, our city will have 500 vehicles, with 1,200 charging stations in 200

locations. The charging stations will be free to users, but the program will

come at a minimal cost.


with very little financial cost is only part of the attraction of electric

vehicles. The Hoosier Electric Vehicle Association also boasts cleaner energy,

less dependence on foreign oil, local job creation and

that electric vehicles are simply "fun to drive."


car-sharing initiative also adds a new layer of public transportation to the city's

makeup. The ability to rent a car short-term will provide an extra option to

our residents while we sit and wait for the transit bill to finally pass and

the city's bus system to improve.


of the most exciting things about this is how it can impact residents without a

car, who may HAVE to suddenly drive somewhere," said Jane Cook, HEVA vice

president. "If you have to go a county away; if you have to take a

disabled relative somewhere; if you must take a large object

with you—these are the times when a bus in Indianapolis won't do."


an initiative of this caliber to be successful, it takes a lot of public

awareness and education. For this reason, National Plug In Day was developed.

NPID is a nationwide celebration, aimed to heighten awareness of plug-in

vehicles and their benefits.


will be the third annual event, held on Sunday, Sept. 29. The local event will

be at Clay Terrace Mall from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., behind Whole Foods. Electric

vehicle owners will have a chance to tailgate and there will be information

booths, speakers and display vehicles.


Indianapolis falls behind other cities in public transit development, it is my

hope that a city-wide electric car-sharing program will not only give those

without a car an option for travel, but will make those residents who do have

cars take a second look at the need for car ownership. These initiatives, and

the other car-sharing and car-pooling programs like Uber and Lyft, are a solid effort on Indy's part to take some cars

off the road.


I anxiously applaud you.


Recommended for you