On September 2nd, BlueIndy put into service the first 50 of an eventual 500 electric vehicles that provide convenient, cleaner transportation with the swipe of a membership card.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Bolloré’s Vice-President of Development Cédric Bolloré attended the program’s ribbon cutting ceremony at a one of BlueIndy’s charging stations. Also present were Joe Manzari – SDV USA National Sales Manager, Marc Fally – SDV USA Regional Manager for the Midwest and Emilie Foray – SDV Chicago Branch Manager.
SDV Chicago has managed together with SAGA France and SDV Lyon the successful transportation of 50 Bluecars and 200 power stations via ocean freight.
The timing was extremely tight and delay was not an option as the BlueIndy cars were opened to the public just one hour after the ribbon cutting ceremony.
All the cars were received in Indianapolis by the end of August without any damage and BlueIndy President, Hervé Muller, was very pleased with SDV’s performance: “I want to thank all of you who have worked so hard to ensure that the logistics for this went smoothly. I know it was hard work and you managed to avoid any delays.
We plan to have another 150 Bluecars coming to Indianapolis by the end of the year, and up to 300 more next year, so this is not the end of the road, but the success of this first phase can give all of us confidence.”
BlueIndy is the first-of-its-kind electric car sharing service in the U.S. by the Bolloré Group, which already operates car sharing services in several other cities, including the world’s largest electric vehicle car-sharing service: Autolib', in Paris.
The Bluecars run on Lithium Metal Polymer (LMP) batteries developed by Bolloré and have a range of 120 miles between charges. They create zero emissions, and integrate innovative technology to make their use convenient, safe and simple.
How it all started…
— In December 2012, Mayor Ballard signed Executive Order #6, making Indianapolis the first major city in the United States to pledge to convert its entire municipal non-police fleet to electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2025.
— On June 10, 2013, Mayor Ballard and the Bolloré Group announced that Indianapolis had been selected as the site for the largest electric car-sharing program in the United States.
— Bolloré identified Indianapolis as the ideal US location in part because of the Mayor’s Energy Security Initiative announcement in December 2012 and the leadership of Energy Systems Network to expand electric vehicle adoption.
— On May 19, 2014, Mayor Ballard and Vincent Bolloré attended the opening ceremony of BlueIndy in the presence of Indianapolis community leaders, citizens and the press.
Bolloré will invest approximately $40 million to launch an all-electric vehicle EV-sharing program in the City.