L.A. electric vehicle plan aims to cut air pollution, GHGs 25% by 2028

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A Los Angeles DOT bus manufactured by BYD.

A Los Angeles DOT bus manufactured by BYD.

A Los Angeles transportation electrification coalition unveiled a plan committed to developing policies and pilots in 2020 to achieve bold new targets for electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, mode shift and zero-emissions trucks

The Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0, released by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and its partners, plans to accelerate the deployment of zero-emissions electric cars, buses and trucks, and charging stations across the LA region. Achieving the roadmap’s targets and call to action will result in cleaner air and dramatically reduce the region’s transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions, going 25% beyond existing commitments tied to California state law and the Paris Climate Accord.

The Roadmap 2.0 outlines exactly how this vision can become a reality for the LA region, embodying a strong commitment from public and private members of the Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP). Together, the partners commit to work together in the coming year to develop policies, put in place pilots, and seek other strategies to achieve the targets in the Roadmap.

For the second edition of the Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap, the TEP partners have committed to working individually and collectively towards the 25% goal through a three-pronged call to action to ensure:

  • Electric vehicles account for 30% of all light-duty passenger vehicles on the road and at least 80 percent of all vehicles sold;
  • 20% of all trips in single-occupancy vehicles shift to zero-emissions public transport, bikes or other active transportation options;
  • All public investments into surface vehicles and related infrastructure for goods movement will advance zero-emissions solutions and that the I-710 is the first zero-emissions goods-movement corridor in the nation.

In all of this work, the TEP partners prioritize equity for disadvantaged communities that both lack access to last mile/first mile solutions as well as disproportionately suffer from health impacts, including asthma and heart attacks, associated with dirty, fossil-fueled transportation. In response, TEP and LACI recently announced mobility pilot projects and investment of $500,000 across four different disadvantaged communities across the LA region in neighborhoods that lack adequate mobility options with LACI startups to deliver EV car sharing and micromobility options.

The Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP), formed by LACI in May 2018, is a multi-year partnership among local, regional, and state stakeholders to accelerate progress towards transportation electrification and zero emissions goods movement in the Greater L.A. region in advance of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. TEP released the Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap in September 2018 focusing on actions needed to achieve the shared goal of 25% additional reductions in GHGs and air pollution. The TEP Leadership Group includes the Mayor of L.A., County of Los Angeles, CARB, LADWP, SCE, Metro, and LACI.