Indy contract to rent more than 400 electric cars falls under scrutiny

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 29, 2015)– Major questions are being raised about Indianapolis’ new electric vehicle fleet, dubbed “Freedom Fleet.” A council committee voted Wednesday to seek a subpoena of the unedited contract.

The Public Safety Committee is now calling for a full review of the agreement. The committee also expressed concern over the vehicles being used by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).

In October, the City of Indianapolis announced it would lease 425 electric vehicles. A $32 million, seven-year contract with Vision Fleet Capital Inc. was signed. Officials hoped to have the largest municipal fleet of electrified vehicles in the nation by the beginning of 2016.

According to the Department of Public Works, each gas-powered car costs the taxpayer an estimated $9,000 annually, while a Freedom Fleet car is estimated to cost $7,400 annually.

Council members expressed concern because large portions of the contract are redacted.

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