Project Plug-IN Impact

Project Plug-IN continues to have an impact on the state of Indiana even after the pilot phase passed. The pilot’s success in the state attracted national and international attention from others in the plug-in industry, resulting in several additional initiatives organized by ESN. Visit this page regularly for more updates on these projects, or new projects stemming from Project Plug-IN.


Simon Property Group – the world’s largest retail property owner – installed charging stations at nearly every Simon Mall in the state of Indiana, creating an ‘EV-friendly mall’ business model across the Hoosier State. With partners Duke Energy, Toshiba Corporation, ITOCHU Corporation and ESN, Simon’s Clay Terrace mall property in Carmel, Ind., installed a first-of-its-kind ‘Plug-in Ecosystem’ – an advanced PEV charging system that includes two, level 2 chargers and one DC “quick” charger integrated with solar panels and a battery storage system.


Toyota Motor Corporation selected Central Indiana as its site to pilot their Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) and test new technologies and standards for how plug-in vehicles, home charging stations, utility companies and drivers can seamlessly communicate to maximize convenience and energy savings for the customer. The pilot project uses advanced technologies to give customers the ability to achieve their own personal charging strategy automatically – such as minimizing electricity costs by communicating with the electric company to recharge during off-peak periods.


ESN partnered with the City of Indianapolis, the International Center and Bolloré Group to announce in June 2013 that Indianapolis was selected as the first U.S. market for Bolloré’s EV car sharing model, previously only demonstrated in France. Approximately 500 electric vehicles and 1,200 charging stations in nearly 200 locations will arrive in the city by the end of 2016. Once the more than $40 million project is implemented, it will be the largest EV car sharing program in the U.S.


As part of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s commitment to reduce the city’s reliance on foreign oil, ESN served as a strategic partner to Vision Fleet  which is leading the transition to adopt 425 plug-in vehicles in the city’s non-police pursuit fleet. Vision Fleet is an organization whose mission is to make it simpler for fleets to transition to alternative fuel vehicles and simultaneously optimize operational performance. Vision Fleet combines a unique financing model (based on a vehicle’s total cost of ownership on a per mile basis) with technology and operational support developed to maximize the performance of the plug-in vehicles.