Follow EV Parade on Twitter, Google+
About EV Parade

Grant Gerke writes about manufacturing, factory and plant automation, packaging, electric cars and renewables for business and consumer media sites.

Enter your email address and have new content delivered to you!

Delivered by FeedBurner

Twitter
Search
Tuesday
Feb232016

Solving Transportation Challenges with Electric Car Ride Sharing

Sturdy BlueIndy electric cars emerged last fall in Indianapolis, led by Mayor Greg Ballard

I find car sharing interesting since it's a new way to invest in public infrastructure or effectively solve public transit issues with less investment from government entities. One recent example of a public/private, electric car ride sharing program is in Indianapolis, called BlueIndy, and it's run by the French industrial energy conglomerate, Bollore group.

According to a Sept. 2015 article in AutoNews, Bollore's BlueIndy program eliminates many vehicle ownership issues including insurance, maintenance, 24/7 roadside assistance, GPS and parking searches. Bollore Group is investing $41 million to set up and implement the service on a 15-year contract. 

The program provides members the ability to pick up cars within greater Indianapolis area and then drive to a destination, park and plug-in the vehicle.

Here's an early adopter's take on the program from Sept 2015:

"I'm thrilled not to have the car payment, the insurance, the oil changes, the fill-ups," says Cassie Stockamp, who commutes less than five miles daily from her home in the hip SoBro neighborhood north of central Indianapolis to her job downtown. The nearest Blue-Indy cars are just a few blocks from her house. "We don't have a great mass transit system. That [BlueIndy] was the final piece I needed to sell my car. I really do care about my carbon footprint. That's my biggest motive."

The last line about a carbon footprint is big, my guess Stockamp is a millennial. Of course, first time salaries aren't what they used to be in the disruption economy. 

Greg Ballard, Mayor of IndianapolisThe program was created by the Mayor of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard, and I'm not sure how much the city receives in revenue but that's not the point. As part of the program, the city receives cars and has an infrastructure roadmap to handle challenges for a dense, midwestern city. In the big picture, this benefit attracts more young folks to the city and makes more urban life more economical. Practical governing, what concept! 

 

BMW Rideshare Pilot

On the other side of the coin, BMW launched a car sharing program with its i3 electric car in Seattle this last weekend. The program is called DriveNow and the city of Seattle has issued 63 carsharing permits to BMW. There's aren't as many details on this car sharing program, but according to a recent CleanTechnica article, one can infer that ride sharing is a high priority for BMW i3.

BMW remains dedicated to solving the many transportation challenges faced by major cities -- and interested in mobility services such as car sharing,” a spokeswoman said via email. “We are currently exploring the potential to work with a number of U.S. cities who are welcoming car sharing in their communities and offering the parking permits necessary to operate one-way flexible car sharing.

BMW tried to roll this progam out in San Francisco. However, car parking permits stifled the plan and the German-based company moved to Seattle.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (9)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Response: courier company
    BMW stays committed to tackling the numerous transportation challenges confronted by significant urban communities and inspired by versatility administrations, for example, auto sharing a representative said by means of email.
  • Response
    Response: kabadi film review
  • Response
    Response: custom essay
    We can solve anything with the transportation challenges with electric car ride sha article. That are all I got from this website to learn more from all the blogs and other articles, and thanks for everything provided in this blog.
  • Response
    automatic carwash near me
  • Response
    Response: Vha Cars Melbourne
    Vha Cars Melbourne- If you are searching for Vha Car Services Melburne- Silver Cars, we book online, visit our site for details.
  • Response
  • Response
    Response: FNF AUTOMOTIVE
  • Response
  • Response
    Response: van lettering

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>
« The Energy Mix, Oil's Decline | Main | Electric Car News from around the Web »