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Electric, hybrid models to replace conventional vehicles in Indianapolis transport fleet

CTBR Staff Writer Published 13 December 2012

Mayor of the city of Indianapolis, Indiana in US Greg Ballard has issued a decree to that makes it mandatory for the city to purchase electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles for its entire non-police transport fleet.

Indianapolis becomes the first city in the country to adopt such a resolution aimed at decreasing dependence on oil, increasing energy independence and promoting environmental benefits.

Mayor Ballard spoke at the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee gathering and remarked that the current US transportation model, which was fueled by oil, was increasingly becoming unviable.

As per the Executive Order #6 signed by the Mayor, the city will induct 500 new electric or hybrid vehicles into its fleet, resulting in $6m annual fuel savings.

"Our oil dependence in some cases places the fruits of our labor into the hands of dictators united against the people of the United States," said Ballard equating his move as one that would also help US national security.

Mayor Ballard urged the state to take further steps to modernize the entire city fleet to electric or plug-in hybrid by 2025.

"Over the course of the last century, Indianapolis has been a leader in automotive development, so it is perfectly fitting we lead the way again," said Ballard.

The city will also undertake conversion of heavy-vehicle fleets to be fueled by compressed natural gas while working with auto-manufacturers to develop the world's first green police vehicle.