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IPL to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for City's Fleet

1/28/2013

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Cole Willis with a new charging station. (wibc.com photo by Mike Corbin)

The City of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Power & Light (IPS) are working together on a plan to boost the city's fleet of hybrid and electric-powered vehicles. 

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Mayor Greg Ballard announced IPL is installing 26 electric vehicle charging stations for non-emergency city electric and hybrid vehicles that will become part of the city's growing fleet. Installation is set to begin this spring. Ballard says the move will ultimately save the city $12,000 over the life of the vehicle. He says the IPL gift means the city can start upgrading its fleet soon.

IPL Spokesman Greg Fennig says the first stations will be located at 1200 Madison Avenue, the Julia Carson Center and at the City County Building.  Fennig says vehicles will charge during low energy usage times to take advantage of IPL's best rate.  Fennig says it costs more than $150,000 to buy and install the chargers. A federal Department of Energy grant will cover some of the cost.

The City plans to transition its entire 3,100 vehicle fleet to alternative fuels by 2025.

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