The city of Los Angeles has announced its target to have nothing but electric vehicles on its streets by 2050.
The announcement, which is part of an ambitious plan from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, calls for 25 per cent of the city’s vehicles to be all-electric by 2025, 80 per cent by 2035, and 100 per cent by 2050. A huge increase in the number of electric vehicles on the streets of L.A. isn’t the only thing being called for in the plan.
Electrive notes that the city wants all of its school buses to be zero-emission vehicles by 2028 and all urban delivery vehicles to be zero-emission vehicles by 2034. Additionally, the plan calls for the construction of 20 Fast Charging Plazas throughout the city and 100 per cent of the Los Angeles taxi fleet to be electric by 2028.
The Mayor’s office wants to reduce the amount of time locals drive from an average of 15 miles (24 km) a day to 13 miles (20.9 km) by 2025 and 9 miles (14.4 km) by 2035. He believes he can reduce how far locals drive through an expansion of public transport networks while also implementing congestion pricing, which would require drivers to pay a fee for taking their vehicles into certain areas of the city.
Broader green initiatives across the city also call for all new buildings to be “net-zero carbon” by 2035, with all building stock converted to zero-emission technologies by 2050.
“Los Angeles needs to lead, but the whole world needs to act. This plan gives us a fighting chance. It’s sort of a ‘greenprint’ for every other city in the country and the world, hopefully,” Mayor Garcetti told the Los Angeles Times.