Bolloré Group is deeply committed in it’s idea to share electric cars. They even have their own car design called the Bluecar. It has three doors and a four-passenger capacity. Right now, it only costs about $150 to join.
This membership allows you to rent out a car whenever you need one. It’s really easy to rent, as all you have to do is pick it up at a charging station, drive it, and then return it to one of the many charging stations. The rental per half hour is only around six dollars. This makes it cheaper than owning a car, because it eliminates maintenance and repair expenses as well as insurance.
Now the program has become so popular it’s being introduced to London and even Indianapolis. The car company signed a contract with the mayor of Indianapolis in April 2014. The problem is that the city council is very hostile against the program and is trying to delay the program over and over.
The most recent attempt to stop the service was at the last demonstration, where the cars that were being used fit all European regulations, but didn’t fit the US bumper and seat belt regulations. They threatened to tow the demonstration cars and prohibited them from driving on city streets.
BlueIndy doesn’t seem to care about the city council trying to stop the cars from rolling into the streets. They are starting their program in September 2 at 11 am. They have already begun to install the charging stations.
The spokeswoman for the Mayor of Indianapolis says, “We’re eager to welcome the first wave of BlueIndy sites to Indianapolis. This service will complement our city’s growing transit options and soon will connect residents to jobs, amenities and cultural attractions in a convenient, affordable way.”
The team of BlueIndy employees will be on hand during the launch to help people easily sign up. They say, “We look forward to repaying you with a service that meets your highest expectations and elevates Indianapolis to the utmost standard of clean, affordable, efficient transit.”
They target the many downtown goers and college students of Indianapolis. They also believe that the current transit systems leave many neighborhoods underserviced.
So why was the city council highly against this service that will clearly help their community? They seemed to be worried that the city wouldn’t have enough public funds to install up to 200 charging stations. They will owe the Bolloré Company a total of $41 million. The council also just doesn’t see how any program of car rentals couldn’t work. They don’t see the benefits of electric cars.
It may have to do with the fact that so many car races are held here that the council just doesn’t get it. The Formula One officials named Indianapolis a “cow town” and it seems the council didn’t take that personally.