Mayor Ballard partners with IPL to install hybrid vehicle charging stations for city fleet

26 stations will accomodate city's hybrid vehicles

INDIANAPOLIS - Mayor Greg Ballard and Indianapolis Power and Light Company are partnering to purchase more than two dozen charging stations for the city's fleet of hybrid vehicles.

IPL said it plans to purchase and install 26 electric vehicle charging stations at three Indy locations as Mayor Ballard proposes to transform the city's fleet from traditional fuel to hybrid by 2025.

In December 2012, Mayor Ballard signed an executive order requiring the city to replace its nearly 500 non-police sedans with electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. New vehicles will be purchased as older vehicles are retired, and the City plans to completely transition its current 3,100-vehicle fleet to post-oil alternatives by 2025.

“IPL’s participation in our electric vehicle initiative is crucial to our plan to transition away from foreign-oil dependence and save about $12,000 over the life of each city vehicle,” said Mayor Ballard. “The gift of these charging stations from IPL means we can start upgrading our fleet as soon as possible.”

IPL plans to install the charging stations in early spring. The charging stations will be installed at City locations at 1200 Madison Avenue, the City-County Building and the Julia Carson Center.

“This partnership is another example of IPL’s commitment to remaining a community leader in Indianapolis, and we look forward to providing innovative infrastructure solutions that will support the City’s vision," said IPL CEO Ken Zagzebski.

IPL estimates the cost to purchase and install the chargers at between $120,000 and $150,000. A portion of the cost will be covered through a Department of Energy grant.

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