City puts in a plug for UIndy


IndyBlue-carIndianapolis made international news in late May with the announcement of a public car-sharing program that will put 500 plug-in electric hatchbacks on the streets by next year—and UIndy is part of the plan. The agreement between the city and the Bollore Group of France is touted as the United States’ largest test to date of this environmentally friendly technology, which produces no emissions, noise, or odor. Drivers will be able to get a membership for a day, a week, a month or a year, which will allow them to pick up, drop off, and recharge the cars at 200 sites around Indianapolis. The service is expected to be particularly popular among the city’s many college students.

Naturally, one of the first 25 sites targeted to get a charging station by the end of this year is the UIndy campus. The plans are still tentative, said David Wantz, UIndy vice president for community relations. The most likely site is the northwest corner of Hanna Avenue and Shelby Street. The first 50 cars should hit the road in December. The fact that “BlueIndy” rhymes with “UIndy” is apparently a coincidence.