Indianapolis Council Sues Over $32M Electric Car Contract

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The Indianapolis City-County Council has voted to sue the city as a way to prevent it from implementing a $32 million plan to rent 425 electric cars for its vehicle fleet.
The council voted 23-6 Monday to direct the council attorney to sue the city to nullify the no-bid contract with a California-based company. The council attorney says the contract was signed illegally and should have been available for bidding.
The Indianapolis Star ( ) reports the office of Mayor Greg Ballard called the council's vote to sue “irresponsible and misguided.'' Mayoral spokeswoman Jen Pittman says his office believes it has a legal contact.
Most of the electric cars would be used by police and fire departments, with traditional cars used by patrol officers. Ballard says it would save $8.7 million.