Bollore Bluecar could be sold in US, someday

Two-Door EVs Are Made In Italy, May Start France Production

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Those little BlueCar electric vehicles puttering around Indianapolis are so cute that there may be folks who won't want to share them with others. The company that operates that service, called BlueIndy, says the EVs may eventually start to be sold to either the general public or private fleets. That's according to Automotive News, which cites BlueIndy General Manager Scott Prince.

Right now, the two-door EVs, which are a little smaller than Nissan Leaf electric vehicles, are manufactured by France-based Bollore and Pininfarina at the latter company's factory in Italy, but if demand calls for it, production may be upped by adding a line at a Renault factory in France. In the meantime, Bollore, which is investing $41 million in the project, has a 15-year contract to make vehicles for the Indianapolis car-sharing service.

BlueIndy debuted earlier this month, making Indianapolis the first city in the US to get the cars. There continues to be some wrangling about that program, as Mayor Greg Ballard has touted the service as part of a broader plan to cut the city's carbon footprint, while others have questioned the idea of Indianapolis subsidizing such a program. The city started the BlueIndy service with 50 BlueCars. And those cars have 125 parking spaces especially set aside in center city as well as at the airport. The city eventually wants to have 500 EVs as part of the program. Bollore also has similar car-sharing programs in Paris, Bordeaux, and Lyon, France.

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