A City-County Council committee this week killed a proposal requesting the mayor and his administration waive the city’s option to purchase Blue Indy’s charging stations and kiosks.
City issues RFP for redevelopment of former BlueIndy recharging sites
BlueIndy’s Paris-based owner announced in December 2019 that it was shutting the service in May 2020 after failing to achieve profitability. It left dozens of recharging stations throughout the city.Read More
City officials rethinking BlueIndy sites, but not for parking
The city will release a request for proposals to developers to repurpose 29 of the 89 former charging-station sites before the end of the year, according to the Department of Metropolitan Development.Read More
City launches public survey to gauge public interest in reusing BlueIndy sites
The ideas the city received fell into four broad categories: public charging for e-bikes and scooters, public charging for electric vehicles, shared transit services and placemaking.Read More
UPDATE: Indianapolis to waive its option to purchase BlueIndy assets
After issuing a request for information and performing an infrastructure analysis, the city said it found that the existing charging stations “perform at a level below what is considered viable for reuse.”Read More
Council Minority Leader Brian Mowery said his caucus believes returning Blue Indy spots to non-metered public parking would be beneficial to businesses.
Stakeholders tell IBJ they’d like to see the electric-car-sharing service’s infrastructure continue to be used in some fashion.
Blue Indy has yet to see a money-making year, and the company’s top Indianapolis official says he can’t predict when that will happen.
The French capital on Thursday canceled its contract with Bollore after the company predicted losses totaling $348 million over the next five years and asked for taxpayers to pick up much of the cost.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is considering early termination of the firm’s contract with the city, amid widening losses and criticism that the vehicles are poorly maintained and dirty.
The Central Indiana Personal Mobility Network is in its early stages. But the general idea is to use technology, including a smartphone app and other tools, to make it easier for people to use IndyGo and other local transportation options, including Blue Indy electric-car sharing, Indiana Pacers Bikeshare, Uber, and Lyft.
The BlueIndy car-sharing program is facing a big challenge: How do you succeed when so many potential customers are unaware of, uninterested in, or even intimidated by what you’re trying to sell?
French billionaire Vincent Bollore’s push into electric vehicles has been a huge success, at least in terms of publicity and eye-catching contracts. For investors, it hasn’t worked out so well.