Indianapolis becomes first US city to switch to electric fleet

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Indianapolis, home of speedway racing, has become the first city in the US to require the purchase of either all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles for its fleet.

Mayor Greg Ballard signed the executive order last week for the purchase of 500 electric or plug-in vehicles to replace non-police fleet vehicles and outlined his plans to see the city’s entire fleet of vehicles switched over to electric or hybrid models by 2025.

Switching over the entire fleet will mean the development of a plug-in police vehicle that meets their needs in terms of safety and power. The city is now looking to partner with one or more automakers to create that vehicle.

Since current police vehicles average just 10 mpg, making the change to a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle could make enormous savings for the city. If the average police vehicle’s performance could be improved to just 40 mpg, it would save city taxpayers up to $10 million a year.

The city is also working with partner organisations, including the Energy Systems Network, to convert its heavy vehicle fleet, which includes snow ploughs, rubbish trucks and fire engines, to compressed natural gas.

“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,” he said in a statement.

The state of Indiana has already installed more than 200 charging points for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles across the state and has been recognised by carmakers Ford and Toyota, as well as the Department of Energy, as one of the areas most receptive to alternative fuel vehicle development.

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