BlueIndy car share program could cost IPL customers

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The electric car sharing program in Indianapolis, could mean a rate hike for IPL customers, and on Wednesday night the public got to have a say about that.

IPL is asking the Indiana Regulatory Commission to approve a $16-million rate hike for customers to pay for the electric car share program, called BlueIndy.

Blueindy is currently in the test phase.

The program provides cars for public use at kiosks, that also have charging stations.

But to fully launch the program IPL needs a $16-million rate increase to pay start-up costs.

The company says it can raise the money by raising customer bills by about 44 cents per month.

The program would be one of the largest in the country, and while many who came out to Wednesday night’s public hearing agree electric car sharing is a good idea, some differed on whether or not this program is ready to roll out.

“It will be a catalyst, it will be a lynch pin for growth in Indianapolis and beyond,” said Senator Jim Merritt.

But downtown resident Laura Arnold wants this test phase of the program to slow down.

“I support electric vehicles but I just think this program is not ready for primetime.”

Arnold says her concern is for public safety. For example the cars that are being tested aren’t required to have license plates.

It’s now up to the commission to decide whether or not to grant IPL the ability to raise rates.

 

 

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