Indianapolis Officials Question City’s Electric Car Program

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): Questions about cost and a heavily redacted contract are plaguing Indianapolis' plan to rent more than 400 electric cars for city employees.
 
The City-County Council's Public Safety Committee vocalized concerns from officers Wednesday that the plug-in sedans aren't fit for use by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
 
An investigation has been launched into the seven-year contract to rent 425 electric cars from a California-based company for about $32 million. The council's chief financial officer says the vehicles could cost the city millions more than Mayor Greg Ballard and his administration have let on.
 
Ballard said in October that the so-called “Freedom Fleet'' is expected to save the city 2.2 million gallons of gas over the next decade.