Los Angeles mayor’s environmental plan calls for 1,000 new public chargers

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has set out his vision for the city’s environmental goals in an upbeat report entitled “the pLAn.” It covers a wide range of topics, from water conservation to energy-efficient buildings to renewable energy to recycling to public transit.

Many of the goals are very modest, such as the call for a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at the Port of Los Angeles by 2035 (the port has been testing electric short-haul tractors for several years). Some are already in place, such as phasing out the city’s use of coal-generated electricity, a policy that was instituted by former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The pLAn says little about EVs, but it does say that by 2017, “LA will have more installed EV infrastructure than any city in the US.” The city plans to install an additional 1,000 public charging stations in two years, including more than 100 on city property.

By 2035, the pLAn envisions that 25% of the city’s passenger vehicles will be “electric or zero-emission.”

It also mentions modernizing the city’s electrical grid in preparation for increasing numbers of EVs.

Matt Petersen, the city’s Chief Sustainability Officer, told the LA Times, “There are things we can do, but we can’t do it alone. If we don’t take the step to set targets, and measure progress to achieve those targets, how will we send the signals to the private sector, to the universities, that this is important as a community to come together?”

 

Source: Los Angeles Times