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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.

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