Dec 26, 2012
Dave Walter
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City of Indianapolis Decides to Go Hybrid

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard posing with an electric Ford sedan (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)

The city of Indianapolis is aiming to be the first in the country to replace its entire vehicle fleet with hybrids, EVs and other eco-friendly vehicles. The city hopes to refresh its vehicle fleet within the next three years.

Indianapolis’ move toward greener vehicles is more than just lip service to the press. Mayor Greg Ballard signed an executive order requiring the city to purchase electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles for its non-police fleet. The city plans to phase in greener models as it replaces its fleet of 500-some vehicles. It expects to save $12,000 over the life of each vehicle.

“The United States’ current transportation energy model, driven by oil, exacts an enormous cost financially and in terms of strategic leverage,” said Ballard 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. Over the course of the last century, Indianapolis has been a leader in automotive development, so it is perfectly fitting we lead the way again.”

Additionally, the city is working with partners to transition its heavy fleet, such as snow plows and garbage trucks, to compressed natural gas. It also hopes to develop a partnership with an automaker(s) to develop a plug-in police vehicle.

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