Travelers will now have a new option for getting to and from the Indianapolis International Airport.
BlueIndy, the electric car-sharing service that was launched in Indianapolis in September, has installed 20 “Bluecars” in the airport’s daily parking garage. The service opened last week.
"This is the first-ever electric car sharing station to be located at an airport." said Scott Prince, general manager of BlueIndy, in a written statement. "The airport BlueIndy station will provide all in Indianapolis with a convenient, affordable and reliable way to get to and from the airport for a low fee that includes parking, insurance and without the need to refuel your car.”
Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a statement that the airport station will allow out-of-town guests to “explore the unique amenities our city has to offer.”
The airport BlueIndy station also has an “enrollment kiosk” where guests can sign up for a membership. The service costs are different depending on the length of the membership, but generally, users pay for the minutes to use the car. For annual members, there’s a flat fee of $4 for the first 20 minutes of a trip and then it’s 20 cents a minute after.
BlueIndy currently has about 1,600 members, an uptick from about 1,000 members that it reported in January. There are about 200 BlueIndy cars available throughout Indianapolis, with plans for more.
French company Bollore Group invested $41 million to build the local service. Bollore Group Chairman Vincent Bollore predicted BlueIndy would need 15,000 to 20,000 regular users in Indianapolis to break even.