The City of Indianapolis and utility company Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) plan to purchase a total of 26 new electric vehicle charging stations for use at three City fleet locations as part of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s plan to transform the City’s fleet.
According to the City and IPL, the utility plans to install the charging stations in early spring. The City said the electric vehicles it purchases for its fleet will make use of off-peak charging rates and based on current estimates, cost roughly $1 to operate per 100 miles driven. The City expects to save $12,000 over the life of each vehicle.
The new charging stations are Level 2 models, which cut charging times relative to a standard 110-volt outlet in half. The cost to purchase and install the chargers is between $120,000 and $150,000, and part of this cost will be covered by a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy, according to the City.
The City’s goal is to completely transition its fleet of 3,100 vehicles to operate on “post-oil alternatives” by the year 2025.