IBJNews

City unveils first car-sharing charging station

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

A French company unveiled its first electric car charging station in Indianapolis, where drivers will be able to rent plug-in vehicles for short-term trips later this year.

Bollore Group Chairman Vincent Bollore joined Mayor Greg Ballard for Monday's ribbon-cutting at the downtown charging station that's part of the company's $35 million partnership with the city.

Ballard spokesman Marc Lotter said the public can try out one of Bollore's Bluecars starting Tuesday at the demonstration site, 14 E. Washington St. Lotter said Indianapolis' electric car-sharing service will be the nation's largest.

But the electric car service won't be up and running until year's end, when 125 cars will be available at 25 charging sites. Bollore plans to eventually have 500 electric cars in Indianapolis, IBJ reported last June.

“We thought it would be good to start with a medium-size” U.S. city, said Bollore, whose company already runs similar programs in Paris. “We want to show the electric car is the best solution for the future.”

The U.S. arrival of the Bollore Group, which makes its own lithium metal polymer batteries for its electric cars, is the latest development in an emerging segment led by Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors Inc., maker of the premium Model S sedan, and Nissan Motor Co.’s Leaf electric hatchback. Bollore is counting on U.S. drivers who want access to a low-pollution alternative to gasoline-burning cars.

Rental rates for the Indianapolis system have not yet been announced, but Bollore said they should as little as $10 an hour.

Bollore’s Bluecars, used in the Autolib car-share program in Paris, travel as far as 150 miles per charge, he said. To break even in Indianapolis, which had about 835,000 people in 2012, the program needs at least 20,000 annual subscribers, Bollore said.

Bollore Group, based in the Paris suburb of Puteaux, has assets in the transport, agriculture, energy and communications industries, including stakes in French advertiser Havas SA and Paris-based phone and entertainment company Vivendi SA.

Vincent Bollore is the 10th-richest person in France, with an estimated personal fortune of $6 billion dollars, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Indianapolis Power & Light is seeking a rate hike to cover $16 million in installation and other costs related to the project. The impact on IPL’s typical residential customer would be 44 cents a month, starting in January 2018, according to a petition IPL filed April 11 with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. A evidentiary hearing

ADVERTISEMENT

  • profit
    So Bollore is billionare and likely expects to make a profit on this venture provided IPL's customers, who may or may not use the cars, pay $16 million in infrastructure costs. Why don't we just build him a stadium instead?
  • Electric Car Tax?
    I like the idea of having the service available and support them. My concern is why a million plus customers are being asked to pay for the installation of charging stations for 20k subscribers to use a private electric car service? Why are we yet again subsidizing a private for profit enterprise? don't get me wrong, as I said before I like it and may be one of the 20k subscribers. Just don't make the rest of the rate payers pay for it.
  • I take it back...
    Just realized that the plugs are actually facing the street. Sorry for the whining.
  • Good idea, but...
    Overall I like the idea of a car sharing concept. But why is the car charging station in the middle of a bike and pedestrian trail? This is not only odd but quite dangerous.

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

ADVERTISEMENT