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Los Angeles mayor advances plans for aggressive shift to EVs

07 May 2019 Stephanie Brinley, MBA


The mayor of California's city of Los Angeles has put forward an aggressive target for shifting the city to electric vehicles (EVs). According to a Los Angeles Times report, including 80% of the city's vehicles to run on electricity or zero-emission fuel, 80% of that electricity comes from renewable sources, and for city residents drive 2,000 fewer miles each year by the mid-2030s. The report notes that the plan is an update of a 2015 sustainability road map, and has been in development for several years. Among the new elements are new targets and a focus on transportation changes to meet them, as well as building changes. To reduce the amount of time city residents spend driving to an average of 13 miles per day by 2025, the plan includes an ongoing build-out of public transit and a proposed congestion pricing pilot. The plan includes moving cars in the city to 25% EV by 2025, 80% by 2035 and 100% by 2050. Supporting that effort, the city is setting a target for 28,000 publicly available EV chargers, up from 2,100 today, including streamlining permits, expanding rebate programmes and requiring more chargers through building codes. Another element of the plan as presented would be to ensure all autonomous vehicles used for sharing services are electric by 2021. The mayor, Eric Garcetti, is quoted as saying, "Most people will be primarily getting into autonomous vehicles if we look 20, 30 years out. If we mandate that autonomous vehicles have to be electric, then we will move people into electric vehicles."

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