City unveils plan to phase out gas, diesel from vehicle fleet

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced Wednesday morning that the city plans to phase out gasoline and diesel from the city's vehicle fleet by 2025 in one of the most ambitious steps taken by a major U.S. city to convert to alternative fuels.

Ballard outlined his plan to shift the city's fleet of cars, heavy trucks and even police cruisers to a mix of electricity and natural gas in coming years. City buses aren't part of the program.

“The United States' current transportation energy model, driven by oil, exacts an enormous cost financially and in terms of strategic leverage,” Ballard said upon announcing the plan.

Ballard said it would pursue federal grants that help defray the cost of alternative-fuel infrastructure for its 3,135-strong fleet. The Department of Energy helps fund infrastructure investments for alternative fuels under its Clean Cities Program.

In 2006, the Ballard administration bought 85 Toyota hybrid Camrys for police administrators and detectives.

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