GHG Emissions, Regulation  -  November 27, 2019

Los Angeles sets ambitious plan to electrify transportation sector

The Los Angeles government released Nov. 26 its plan to dramatically electrify the transportation sector and accelerate the deployment of zero-emissions electric cars, buses and trucks and charging stations across the region.

Los Angeles Country, in partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti and various city utilities, automakers, and industry leaders, created the Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0. The targets outlined in the plan intend to reduce greenhouse gases within the transportation sector a full 25% beyond the existing commitments under California state law and the Paris Climate Accord.

The roadmap calls for electric vehicles to account for 30% of all light-duty passenger vehicles on the road and at least 80% of all vehicles sold. Additionally, it outlines a plan to get 20% of all trips taken in single-occupancy vehicles to shift to a zero-emission alternative, such as public transport (with an electric transportation system), bikes and other active transportation options.

It also calls for I-710 to become the first zero-emissions goods movement corridor in the nation, with all public investments into surface vehicles and related infrastructure for goods movement focusing on those that “advance zero-emissions solutions”.

"We can't turn the tide on the climate crisis until we work across sectors and city limits to put the brakes on dangerous pollution and kick our zero emissions transportation future into high gear," Garcetti said in a statement. "Our Roadmap 2.0 charts a course toward a healthier region with a cleaner transit network—and draws up a blueprint for cities worldwide to follow, so all of us can invest in the smart policies and green energy that will strengthen our families' well-being and quality of life for generations to come."

A secondary part of this plan focuses on the inclusion of low-income community members. The group recently announced a $500,000 investment in a project to bring EV car sharing and micro-mobility to four disadvantaged communities in the LA region, including Pacoima, San Pedro, Long Beach and Huntington Park.

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