INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 18, 2015) - Electric vehicle charging stations are being installed around Indianapolis for the Blue Indy car sharing program. As those charging stations go up council members are questioning their safety and the safety of the vehicles.
"They maintain that they are safe they may very well be safe but do they meet the standard and that’s the question," said Zach Adamson, City-County councilor.
A recent New York Times article highlighted Blue Indy but council members have questions for the Bollore Group, a French Company heading up the program.
Ten demo vehicles received special wavers to operate in the U.S. The cars do not have passenger-side airbags and the bumpers are smaller than what is required under U.S. standards.
"There have been some council members who have questioned the safety of our equipment some of these questions have been sent to us by some of the council members and we have provided to them very detailed responses," said Herve Muller, President of Blue Indy.
Muller said U.S. models of the blue car will arrive in July. He said the new cars will be safe and meet all regulations.
"We have some questions and concerns regarding the actual vehicles themselves, whether they meet the safety guidelines and regulations that the United States has set up rather than European standards," said Christine Scales, City-County Councilor.
The company is in the process of installing charging stations at 40 locations. 200 cars will be in place by the end of this year with a total of 500 by the end of next year.