“The United States’ current transportation energy model, driven by oil, exacts an enormous cost financially in terms of strategic leverage,” Ballard said in a statement. “Our oil dependence in some cases places the fruits of our labor into the hands of dictators united against the people of the United States.”
Other than a few exceptions, the plan puts the city on track to switch all the city’s vehicles by 2025. Since the city’s budget can’t afford EV’s capable of the necessary speed, electric police cars are still out of reach. Although the city is soliciting automaker to build plug-in hybrid police cars. All of Ballard’s vehicles will be either hybrids or EVs as well.
“We are negotiating with the automakers and several international capital fleet firms to get the best deal possible for taxpayers,” city spokesman Marc Lotter said.
Even though electric cars carry a high initial cost, the city is expecting to cash in big in fuel savings. If it was possible for Indianapolis to switch its police cars to electric and plug-in hybrid cars, they would expect to save roughly $10 million.
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