Automotive

State scrubs contractor-financing plan for U.S. 31Restricted Content

June 30, 2012
Chris O'Malley
INDOT still plans to complete project three years sooner with traditional financing.
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Murphy USA opens quick-charging stations for electric carsRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Speed is thought to be an obstacle to the widespread adoption of plug-in vehicles.
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Russian investor gives Ener1 fresh startRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Russian timber tycoon who poured millions into a battery maker with Hoosier roots is the new owner of Ener1 Inc. Boris Zingarevich supplied $50 million for Ener1’s March 30 exit from bankruptcy and is moving its headquarters from New York to Indianapolis—already home to its core subsidiary, EnerDel.
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Allison's private-equity owners to get IPO spoilsRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
When Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. a year ago filed plans to go public, it said some of the proceeds would go toward reducing billions of dollars in debt. But, in an updated filing with the SEC, the company reversed course, saying all of the more than $500 million that’s expected to be raised would go to its private-equity owners.
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Bloomington officials narrowly OK I-69 extension

March 9, 2012
Associated Press
A Bloomington planning panel voted narrowly Friday to back off its opposition to a section of the Interstate 69 extension from Indianapolis to Evansville that would pass through Monroe County.
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Reverse-commuter lines to roll to Hendricks, Hamilton counties

March 2, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Green_Bingaman_WatchVideoEmployers in Hamilton County and Hendricks County may find it easier to attract workers from Marion County, with the planned launch of a “reverse commuting” bus service.
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Indiana legislators OK lifting Sunday cycle sales ban

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's motorcycle dealers will be allowed to buy and sell their bikes on Sundays under a change in state law that legislators have approved.
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State to motorists: You break it, you buy itRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Crash into a guardrail and chances are now higher that your insurer—or you—will get a repair bill from the Indiana Department of Transportation. INDOT has deployed a new way of tracking damage to state property at crash scenes and quickly collecting money from those responsible.
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Vanpool commuter service expands, gets cars off the roadRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The latest route launched by Central Indiana Commuter Services runs from Carmel to Kokomo.
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State eyes roundabouts for 31 intersectionsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Department of Transportation has ambitious plans to build roundabouts at 31 intersections statewide over the next five years, including a dozen in the metro area.
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City avoids foreign brands in adding to its fleet of hybrid vehiclesRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Department of Public Works bought Ford Fusion hybrids after the purchase of Toyota's a few years ago stirred controversy.
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Purdue study profiles Hoosier driversRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Older drivers struggle on wet or icy roads; young drivers are most dangerous on dry pavement.
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New road contracts are built for speedRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A bidding method being used more often by the state is likely to reduce misery for motorists and merchants in the path of a highway project. Project completion time is now a major consideration in reviewing road-work bids that were traditionally evaluated almost entirely on cost.
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Ford sees EV potential in Indianapolis

November 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Ford touts new models of electric and hybrid vehicles in seminar co-sponsored by the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, which promotes alternative fuels.
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Local rental car firm named best in nation in J.D. Power survey

November 16, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Ace Rent A Car expects boost in business after topping big national competitors for first time in J.D. Power and Associates survey.
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Best Buy closing warehouse sooner than expected

November 4, 2011
More than 220 employees at Best Buy's warehouse in Franklin will lose their jobs at the end of January, two months earlier than the company had anticipated closing the facility.
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Slower sales curb results at Adesa parent

November 3, 2011
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based KAR Auction Services suffered a 16-percent decline in its adjusted profit, missing analyst expectations.
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Speedway hosts meetings about potential for electric car racing seriesRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The three-day conference looked at such things as design plans and technical infrastructure for electric racing vehicles, and preliminary business plans for such a series.
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Compressed natural gas for cars shows signs of catching onRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The alternative fuel may soon generate more cash for local firms because it's much cheaper than gasoline.
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I-69 rejection could affect bus service in Bloomington

October 23, 2011
Associated Press
Buses in Bloomington and on the Indiana University campus could lose funding starting in 2014 if local officials don't include Interstate 69 in their transportation infrastructure plans.
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Busy Keystone Avenue ramps to close for construction

October 5, 2011
Two ramps at Keystone Avenue and Interstate 465 on Indianapolis' northeast side will be closed for seven to 15 days as part of an $18.2 million project to reduce traffic congestion in the area.
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Indiana gives grants to convert fleets to alternative fuelsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Office of Energy Development is dispensing grants of up to $500,000 to help private- and public-sector organizations convert their vehicles.
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Charging stations to pave way for plug-in carsRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Chris O'Malley
By the end of this year, drivers of plug-in electric cars should be able to "gas up" using 76 charging stations at 38 locations statewide.
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Car customizer Kenny Brown resurfaces in ChicagoRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Brown, who closed his local operation in 2005, has partnered with suburban-Chicago-based Heidts Automotive, which makes street rod and muscle car components.
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Allisonville bridge closure will be abbreviatedRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Department of Transportation will close the busy span over Interstate 465 for five months instead of seven.
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