French billionaire and EV entrepreneur Vincent Bolloré recently joined the people of Indiana in celebrating the launch of America’s largest electric car sharing service. Called BlueIndy, the fleet of small, four-seater cars will make it convenient and affordable for anyone in the city of Indianapolis to get around in a low-emission electric vehicle. According to a press release, Bolloré chose Indianapolis for his U.S. expansion because of the Mayor’s Energy Security Initiative announcement in December and the leadership efforts of the Energy Systems Network to expand electric vehicle adoption.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard joined Mr. Bolloré to celebrate the kick-off of the service, which is based on the successful Autolib’ in Paris, Bluely in Lyon and Bluecub in Bordeaux. Scheduled to be fully operational within 8 months, the BlueIndy service will include up to 500 electric vehicles and 200 service locations fitted with 1,000 charging stations. Paying members will be able to swipe a card at one of 25 stations around the city to borrow a car. According to local news station WTHR, “No fee rate has been announced yet for the Blue Indy cars, but city officials say the rates in Paris are about $13 a month for membership and average $4 for a 15 minute rental.”
“Electric vehicles and car sharing are the future,” said Mayor Ballard at the ribbon cutting. “Bolloré, one of the world’s largest companies, will replicate its successful service outside of France and bring to the City the benefits of an innovative, economical and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Indianapolis is breaking new grounds and hopes to lead the way for other U.S. cities.”
The Bolloré Group has already deployed nearly 3,000 Bluecars equipped with Blue Solutions batteries around the world. “We are glad to support Mayor Ballard’s energy-transition vision,” said Mr. Bolloré in a statement. “From now on, residents and visitors of Indianapolis will be able to drive around without owning a car and without emitting greenhouse gases or particulate matter.”