Los Angeles (CBSLA) – Following President Joe Biden’s order to get the US on track to have half of all newly purchased vehicles electric by 2030, a motion was tabled in the Los Angeles City Council on Friday to create a master plan for city-wide electric vehicle infrastructure.
“Achieving our climate goals in less than 14 years will require urgent action and a broad-based approach,” said Councilor Mitch O’Farrell, who tabled the motion and chairs the Energy, Climate Change, Justice and Flow Committee.
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“We have a unique opportunity to work with the von Biden government on our common goals for a sustainable and clean energy future. The sooner we switch to fully electric vehicles, the sooner we clean the air in Los Angeles, as this region still has the worst air quality in the country. For this reason, promoting the use of electric vehicles in Los Angeles is arguably our top environmental priority. “
The motion, if approved by the city council, would direct the Los Angeles Department of Water and Energy to guide the creation of a citywide electric vehicle master plan that would include provisions to maximize federal and state funding to ensure that the Electric vehicle infrastructure evenly distributed across Los Angeles.
“The city’s Green New Deal has already set ambitious goals for carbon neutrality, including moving all urban fleet vehicles to zero emissions by 2028 and installing 28,000 publicly available electric vehicle chargers by the end of this decade,” said Councilor Paul Krekorian who made the movement. “Developing a bold plan to increase the use of electric vehicles across the city is another essential part of the fight against climate change. I look forward to working with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power – our partners in LA100 – and the city authorities in this effort. “
The LADWP’s main plan would also include incentives for residential, commercial and industrial customers to add chargers for electric vehicles.
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The department welcomed the application, noting that progress had already been made in improving electric vehicle infrastructure and accessibility in disadvantaged communities through the Charge Up LA EV rebate program.
“The Department of Water and Power looks forward to being a full partner in the effort to create an electric vehicle master plan to build an even more sustainable city,” said Martin L. Adams, general manager and chief engineer of LADWP.
Los Angeles passed its own Green New Deal in 2019 and exceeded its goal of installing 10,000 commercial vehicle chargers across the city by 2020, two years ahead of the Green New Deal’s schedule.
The city has around 11,045 commercial charging points in 2021 and is well on its way to reaching 25,000 by 2025 and 28,000 by 2028.
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