Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wants his city to be 100% electric by 2050 with the announcement of the L.A.’s Green New Deal Sustainable City Plan.
The city of Los Angeles has unveiled an ambitious plan to electrify its road network. The mayor of the California city, Eric Garcetti, wants no more and no less of a city composed solely of electric vehicles by 2050. Considering the size of the city and its surroundings – and its traffic jams on the nearby highways -, the announcement is important.
Garcetti is aiming for a goal of 25% of all-electric vehicles by 2025. A decade later, in 2035, the mayor wants that 80% of the vehicles present on the roads of his city are electric, while that in 2050, the goal is to have a 100% electric road network.
To achieve this, several measures are proposed in this long-term plan, such as the installation of over 900 charging stations in public areas of the city or to support the distribution of 1000 rebates for the purchase of used electric vehicles, 11,500 rebates with the purchase of a Level 2 charging station and 75 rebates for the acquisition of a high-speed charging station.
In addition to charging stations in public places, Los Angeles’s long-term plan calls for the installation of 10,000 charging stations by 2022, and 28,000 by 2028. Even the metro and public buses will have to be electric by 2030, a comment that also applies to taxis, school buses by 2028, and local delivery vehicles by 2034.
And that’s not all, because Los Angeles wants to implement a congestion charge program in certain areas of the city to encourage users of the network to leave their vehicle at home and prioritize public transit. This pilot project would also aim to reduce the daily distance travelled by road users with their personal vehicles. The mayor of Los Angeles thinks that by 2025, this distance would go from 24 km to 20.9 km, while in 2035, this average distance would fall to 14.4 km.
Of course, several factors come into play for this three-decade plan to materialize, but we must admit, if a metropolis the size of Los Angeles managed to turn green, other cities could follow suit.