Indianapolis (pictured) is set to become the first city in the US to replace its entire fleet with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The city’s Mayor Greg Ballard signed an “executive order” which requires that the city replace all its current vehicles with low carbon ones expect police cars.
This means around 500 cars will be replaced, which is expected to save taxpayers around $12,000 (£7,368) per vehicle over the ten-year life cycle of each car.
Mr Ballard said: “The United States’ current transportation energy model, driven by oil, exacts an enormous cost financially and in terms of strategic leverage. Our oil dependence in some cases places the fruits of our labor into the hands of dictators united against the people of the United States.
“Over the course of the last century, Indianapolis has been a leader in automotive development, so it is perfectly fitting we lead the way again.”
The city hopes to complete the switch by 2025.