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Electric Vehicles

City-Owned Electric Vehicles

Los Angeles is setting sustainability targets for city-owned vehicles. According to a C40 Cities one-pager, these targets will entail:

  • Procuring only zero-emissions buses from 2020 onwards
  • Ensuring a “major area” of LA is zero emission by 2030
  • Increasing rates of walking, cycling, and using public and shared transport
  • Reducing the number of fossil-fuel vehicles and transitioning away from them
  • Collaborating with businesses, suppliers, and fleets to shift to zero-emission vehicles and reduce vehicle mileage
  • Report publicly every two years on progress

Mayor Garcetti highlights two additional goals in his Press Release on C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration:

  • LA Metro’s goal is to have a 100% zero-emission bus fleet by 2030.
  • The Port of Los Angeles will have zero-emission goods movement by 2035.

The Port of Los Angeles will achieve this goal through a Clean Air Action Plan, undertaken jointly with the Port of Long Beach. The plan involves clean-engine milestones for trucks, incentives, and efficiency programs for trucks and staging yards. Currently, the Ports of LA and Long Beach together are the largest fixed source of air pollution in Southern California. (Source: South Coast Air Quality Management District.)

BlueLA Electric Car Sharing Pilot Program

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In 2017, an electric car share pilot program was launched for disadvantaged communities in LA. The program aims to provide 100 electric cars and 200 chargers to portions of Westlake, Pico-Union, Koreatown, Echo Park, and Downtown LA.

The service will be available to anyone 18 or older with a valid driver’s license. The program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that manages cap-and-trade dollars.

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