INDIANAPOLIS – BlueIndy’s electric car sharing service launched in September to a flurry of fanfare and criticism from politicians and business leaders alike. A month later, the program remains polarizing.
Much of the criticism has focused on the construction of charging stations across Indianapolis. The stations encroach on curb and sidewalk space and eliminate spots that were formerly public parking.
Hak Cho is the general manager of Moe & Johnny’s restaurant at the corner of College Avenue and 54th Street. He still has yet to see the program and it’s charging stations bring extra business to the area.
“I hear about it more,” Cho said. “People complain because they lost the parking space, but I don’t see a whole lot of people using it so far.”
BlueIndy said members have used their cars more than 1,700 times since the launch. The service currently boasts 22 charging stations and a fleet of 52 Bluecars.
New Day Craft Brewing Company Owner and CEO Tia Agnew was one local business leader who welcomed the service. The first month of operations has not changed her tune.
“We are getting a huge influx of people,” Agnew said. “Whether it’s from BlueIndy or not, I couldn’t fairly tell you, but I can tell you we are doing great. Sales are up and people are having a great time in our neighborhood.”
BlueIndy hopes to add 22 charging stations and 29 vehicles by the end of the month.