Indianapolis says ‘go blue’ with all-electric car share program

Car sharing is becoming more popular coast to coast, and the idea really works for electric vehicles, with its low cost-per-mile and mostly local trips.Blue Indy from the Sierra Club

So we’ll be closely watching a car-sharing program recently launched in Indianapolis, called BlueIndy.

According to a report on the IndyStar, “A French company will put 500 of its newly developed electric cars on the streets of Indianapolis during the next 18 months, in the largest U.S. test of plug-in car-sharing.” It came on the heels of an announcement that the Indianapolis police department will be adding 50 new hybrid and electric cars to the city’s fleet.

The initial reaction from some folks at the recent launch of the EV car-sharing program? Mostly they seemed surprised to see such a transportation innovation in Indianapolis.

"I think it's really neat. Usually we don't get things like that," according to a financial analyst quoted in the story. Another person there said, "I think it's terrific for Indianapolis to be on the cutting edge of something so green."

We love the idea, too.

Maybe we’ll see news like this coming from one of Michigan’s cities before too long.