Indy to replace entire fleet with electric, hybrid

Dec 12, 2012

Indianapolis wants to become the first major city to replace its entire fleet with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in a move the mayor says is designed to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign-produced fuels, city officials said Wednesday.

Mayor Greg Ballard signed an executive order Wednesday mandating the city to replace its current sedans with electric vehicles. The city will also work with the private sector to phase in snow plows, fire trucks and other heavy vehicles that run on compressed natural gas, and it will ask automakers to develop a plug-in hybrid police car as one doesn't yet exist.

Indianapolis, the 12th largest city in the U.S. with a population of 825,000, hopes to complete the switch by 2025.

Ballard, a retired Marine officer, hopes that in making the switch, Indianapolis will help the country reduce its dependence on foreign oil. City spokesman Marc Lotter said the mayor considers it an issue of national security.

"The United States' current transportation energy model, driven by oil, exacts an enormous cost financially and in terms of strategic leverage," Ballard, a retired Marine Officer and Gulf War veteran, said in a statement. "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."

The city fleet includes 500 non-police vehicles, and the police car switch alone has the potential to save taxpayers $10 million a year in fuel costs, the statement from the mayor's office said.

Lotter did not provide an estimate on the cost of the change. The new vehicles will be purchased as older vehicles are retired. He said the city buys about 50 non-police vehicles every year.

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dschlink
not rated yet Dec 12, 2012
A hybrid police car makes a great deal of sense. There are many situations where the engines of current cars are left running to provide heat, A/C, or power for their electronics. These demands are small compared to the power requirements for moving a car. A moderate-sized battery can provide auxiliary power for hours. An electric motor would allow them to start moving without the (small) delay of starting their engines. It would also give them a stealth mode where a running engine would attract attention.
hiranyu
1 / 5 (1) Dec 12, 2012
This is not science, it's politics.

The U.S. is a major producer and exporter. We are not "dependent" on foreign oil, we just don't own the oil reserves on our soil, they are owned by multinational corporations who are going to set the price based on the worldwide supply and not the U.S. supply.

This is not even good Politics. Few people are fooled by this kind of crap anymore.
ronwagn
1 / 5 (1) Dec 26, 2012
It would be a lot smarter to switch to CNG natural gas vehicles.
Natural gas is the future of energy. It is replacing dirty old coal plants, and dangerous expensive nuclear plants. It will fuel cars, vans, buses, locomotives, aircraft, ships, tractors, air conditioners, engines of all kinds. It costs far less. It will help keep us out of more useless wars, where we shed our blood and money. It is used to make many products. It lowers CO2 emissions. Over 3,700 natural gas story links on my free blog. An annotated bibliography of live links, updated daily. The worldwide picture of natural gas.
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