Lawsuit over BlueIndy electric car deal dropped
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 28, 2016)– The City-County Council has dropped its lawsuit against the Mayor’s Office for the way the Greg Ballard administration negotiated the BlueIndy deal to bring electric cars to Indianapolis streets.
BlueIndy is the pilot program that was handed a franchise for the ridesharing service to a French-owned company with little input or oversight from the council.
Opponents claimed BlueIndy was granted prime parking spaces throughout the city without warning to neighbors and businesses.
With the departure of the Ballard administration, Mayor Joe Hogsett is left to cope with the impact and implementation of the long-term deal.
It was also announced Monday that Vision Fleet, another electric car provider to the city, has changed its name to Evercar and is promoting itself as transportation for Uber drivers.
Council members and IMPD officers complained that the Vision Fleet contract saddled municipal employees with hundreds of inconvenient alternative-fuel vehicles in a deal that will cost the city millions of dollars for untested technology.