The French electric car company, Bolloré will inaugurate its first all-electric car sharing service for the U.S. in Indianapolis.
Bolloré’s BlueIndy LLC, in partnership with the City of Indianapolis, will inaugurate the demonstration site of its first all-electric car sharing service in the U.S. Officials will be on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and demonstration of the electric vehicles followed by a press conference.
Mayor Greg Ballard’s efforts in 2012 to lessen Indianapolis’ dependence on foreign oil and employ electric or hybrid municipal vehicles attracted the attention of the Bolloré Group, which currently operates the world’s largest and most successful electric car sharing services in Paris, as well as in Lyon and Bordeaux, France. Bolloré chose Indianapolis as its first U.S. site based on the favorable business climate found in the State and City, fostered by forward-thinking leaders who promote energy security.
Monday, May 19, 2014
12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Photo op: Opening remarks, on north side of Washington St. between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets, by Mayor Greg Ballard and Bolloré Group Chairman Vincent Bolloré; public ceremony and ribbon-cutting of inaugural charging station; and demonstration of Bluecar electric vehicles.
12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Event moves to tent in parking lot across the street from charging stations. Media and invited guests to hear speakers’ remarks about car sharing service. (Private reception hosted by Bolloré Group Chairman Vincent Bolloré.)
Downtown Indianapolis at 14 E. Washington St. (Tent reception location is 15 E. Washington St.)
· Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard
· Bolloré Group Chairman Vincent Bolloré
· Paul Mitchell, president and CEO of Energy Systems Network
· Kelly Huntington, CEO, Indianapolis Power & Light Company